Para – Athletics

Athletics prides itself on being an inclusive sport, with competitive opportunities available for all participants. That said, historically in Manitoba we have not done a very good job of promoting these opportunities.

Athletes at ANY level may participate in our competitions, and we have a large variety of events to choose from.

At the highest level of competition (the Paralympic Games) Para athletics, also known as track and field, is the largest competition at the Paralympic Games.  Events are available for physical disabilities – both wheelchair and standing – athletes with visual impairments and athletes with an intellectual disability. Contested events are held in track racing, throwing and there is also a marathon and pentathlon.

  • Track events: Sprint (100m, 200m, 400m*), Middle Distance (800m, 1500m*), Long Distance (5,000m, 10,000m), and Relay races (4x100m, 4x400m)
  • Road event: Marathon
  • Jumping events: High Jump, Long Jump*, and Triple Jump
  • Throwing events: Discus, Shot Put*, Club Throw and Javelin

*athletes with an intellectual disability are currently able to participate in the 400m, 1500m, Long Jump and Shot Put at the Paralympics. At the local level, athletes with intellectual disabilities may compete in all/any events.  

Para-athletes are classified according to the system below so that they may compete in the most equitable groups. Athletes do not need to undergo a formal classification process in order to compete at a region or provincial level, however classification must be obtained prior to participating in a National level competition.


Athletes with a visual impairment (T/F 11, 12, 13)

Athletes with an intellectual disability (T/F 20)

Athletes who compete in a wheelchair (T/F 51, 51, 53, 54, F55, 56, 57)

Athletes who compete standing up (F40 F41, T/F 42, 43, 44, T/F 45, 46, 47)

Athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia (F31 T/F32, 33, 34 T/F 35, 36, 37, 38)