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Visually impaired athletes compete in most track events from the 100m to the Marathon and in most field events, e.g. Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and Pentathlon. Athletics is very popular and competitions are held regularly all around Ontario. Local and regional competitions may lead to Provincial Games and National Championships. Athletics is one of the main events at the Paralympic Games, held every four years immediately after the Olympics.
You can get involved in athletics through a local Track and Field or Athletics club. To find a club close to you visit the Athletics Ontario website and check out their club list. Here is a direct link to their Club list: http://athleticsontario.ca/2013-athletics-ontario-clubs/
In all Paralympic sports support people are key. In Athletics for the blind and visually impaired guide running is a huge part of a blind athlete’s success and we are always looking for new guides to help support our athletes. If you are interested in becoming a guide runner please call us at 1-888-711-1112 with any questions.
With Athletics We have a Matching Program where we pair up a volunteer trainer with an athlete. Our database of volunteers span the province of Ontario so if you're looking for someone to help with your training (recreational or competitive) within your community, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will match you up with a runner in your area.
If you are an organization that has athletes with a visual impairment please contact us! We can help educate coaches, run clinics for guide runners and support those athletes. If you have never worked with an athlete who is blind or visually impaired before don’t sweat it! We can provide resources and support to give your organization and the athlete the best possible experience. Please contact our office with any questions we are always happy to help newcomers in our sport community.