para athletes

PARA ATHLETICS

If you’re a junior or senior para athlete or would like to get into para athletics, then you’ve come to the right place. Our friendly and supportive coaches will help you develop your skills for competition or for your own personal development. Our notable athletes include Lindsey Chapman who secured Gold at the Invictus Games in 2017, Scottish Junior International Nathan Blackie, Chris Nash and Heather Rowe.

History

Our para athletics section began with Martin Cook who came to the Ashdown track with his son in the search of facilities to help his son train. We’ve grown from just focusing on wheelchair racing to include field disciplines too. The section currently has around 20 athletes competing as part of the club.

Training

Poole AC Disability/Para Section Winter Training 2021 – 22.

  • At Ashdown Track, Wednesdays 7-8 pm. Training for Wheelchair/Seated Throwers with Mike Long. (Fee £1.50 plus the need to take out club membership.)
  • At Ashdown Track, Sundays 12 – 1 and 1 – 2 pm. (Two sessions) For Track athletes on Wheelchairs and Frame Runners; plus para ambulant. (Fee is £1.50 per hour and club membership is required.)
  • At other times, where capacity is available, para athletes are included in able-bodied groups, e.g. Sprints with Graeme Gourlay at Ashdown Track on  Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 or Wednesdays 7 – 8 pm. (Fee is special rate.)

Competitions

Coaches work with para athletes to develop their skills to progress through various competitions.

Firstly, athletes can test their track and field skills in the Poole AC competition which usually takes place in April and September at the Ashdown track.

At the next level, CPSports (Cerebral Palsy Sports) offers the opportunity to compete against athletes from other clubs. Events could include 5ks and 10ks through to dedicated Athletics Series. A list of events can be found here>>

Our wheelchair athletes can also progress onto British Wheelchair Racing which has seen the likes of David Weir and Hannah Cockroft compete.

Races

Our para athletes compete in a variety of races covering all distances, including:

  • The Yeovil 5k series,  details here>>
  • Bournemouth Marathon Festival (a range of races from 1k to a full marathon), details here>>
  • London Mini Marathon (3 miles for U17 athletes), details here>>

Speak to our coaches for details of other races.

What to expect

We’re a friendly bunch and offer have-a-go sessions to help you decide if athletics is for you. We also have a limited supply of equipment such as wheelchairs.

Wheelchair athlete at track

Recent News and Events

Poole AC Junior Athletes

Junior Committee Meeting Minutes, 29th September 2021

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Minutes of PAC Junior Committee Meeting 29th September 2021 - 7:30pm   Please note that this information is for members only – please do not share to anyone outside the…
Poole AC Junior Athletes

Junior Committee Meeting Minutes, 25th August 2021

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Minutes of PAC Junior Committee Meeting 25th August 2021 - 7:30pm   Please note that this information is for members only – please do not share to anyone outside the…
Poole AC Junior Athletes

Track & Field News and Results, 22nd August 2021

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Southern Athletics League, 15th August 2021 This was a Team Dorset (combined team from Dorchester, Poole, Wimborne and Poole Runners) match, staged at King’s Park. The matches are open to…
Lytchett Relays 2019

Results: 7th-8th September 2019

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There were a quite a few races on this weekend - well done to everyone who took part. Some great results! Lytchett Relays Crafty Fox Marathon Crafty Fox Half Marathon…
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