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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 Training.

  • At Ashdown Track, Wednesdays 7-8 pm. Training for Para Throwers with Mike Long.
  • At Ashdown Track, Sundays 12 – 2 pm. (Two sessions) For Track athletes on Wheelchairs and Frame Runners; plus para ambulant.
  • At other times, where capacity is available, para athletes are included in able-bodied groups, Athletes will need to check times and with coaches running sessions to see if there is space.
  • The Wheelchair Group now train every Wednesday at the Track from 7-00 to 8-00 PM under the expert coaching of international wheelchair athlete Nathan Blackie.
  • There is a monthly £6 fee which covers Wednesday with Nathan or Mike and Sundays with Martin and Nathan.All other times are at a reduced rate.

All athletes  need to take out annual membership with Poole AC.

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

Results: 1st – 7th July 2024

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Cow Plop Plod (2nd July) John Hall crossed the line first in this handicap race, whilst Luke Terry got the fastest time. The table below shows the results by finish…

Track Group Committee Meeting Minutes, 22nd May 2024

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Minutes of PAC Track Group Committee Meeting, 22nd May 2024 Team Dorset HQ & Zoom (Virtual room)   Please note that this information is for members only – please do…

Results: 6th – 12th May 2024

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Upton Summer Series, #1 What a fantastic start to the 2024 Upton Summer Series! Jamie Grose was 1st man and Emily Hilliar was 1st lady. The Ladies team (Emily, Hayley…

Track Group Committee Meeting Minutes, 24th April 2024

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Minutes of PAC Track Group Committee Meeting, 24th April 2024 Team Dorset HQ & Zoom (Virtual room)   Please note that this information is for members only – please do…
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