What is Para Athletics

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

How to Become Involved

Athletics NS has embraced the integration of para-athletics into the sport of track and field in Nova Scotia.  

We are always looking for interested/talented individuals to try our sport.  We offer try it programs, coaching, training and competitive opportunities for all. To learn more about classifications in the sport, please see below. To be classified, please contact [email protected].




Are you and your club ready to welcome and support athletes with a disability? Where do you fit on the Para Readiness Continuum? What does this all really mean? 

Using the “Becoming Para Ready” framework developed by the Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, Athletics Canada is developing a national Para Athletics strategy that will focus on building a strong foundation at the Provincial and Territorial level, creating greater capacity, supporting and aligning Para Athletics, and will include integration and inclusion at all levels. 

You can view and download the Becoming Para Ready guide here:



Want to get started on your journey to Para Readiness? Here are a few ways to get out of the starting blocks:

  1. Take the Coach.ca 

    Coaching Athletes with a Disability module 

  2. Listen to the recording of our webinar 

    Adapting to Adversity  

  3. Watch this YouTube video on Para Athletics: 


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