Athletics Other Than Mainstream



This section of the site is intended to cover all aspects of athletics away from the "mainstream", whether included in the Paralympics or not.


Paralympic and similar athletes will be given a certain IPC classification: for an explanation visit The IPC Athletics Website.



Mr. Kang Chen The Deaflympics. Deaf athletes were not eligible for the 2016 Paralympics (unless, of course, they had another disability which qualified them). However they have their own event, the Deaflympics (its official name), which was held in Samsun (Turkey) in July 2017. There is also a Winter Deaflympics, next due in 2019. The events use only hearing-impaired officials and administrators.


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Cerebral Palsy Sport
. The Big Event, the CPIRSA World Games, was held in Nottingham in August 2015. The CP Sport website shows the wide range of sporting options for those with Cerebral Palsy.




Special Olympics logoSpecial Olympics. Athletes with intellectual disabilities have the Special Olympics World Games: the most recent Winter Games were in Austria in 2017; the 2019 Games will be the Summer version, to be held in Abu Dhabi. There is also a wide range of events within Great Britain and other countries.


Runner + Escort

Guiding Visually Handicapped Runners
. A visually handicapped runner may need someone, of pretty good athletic ability, to guide them. How should the guide go about it? See This Document.






For more information about disability sport, visit the website of the English Federation of Disability Sport.