Disability Athletics

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NEW: in December 2020 the club started running coached RaceRunning sessions for club members. These run on Mondays at Aberdeen Sports Village from 4.30-5.30pm.

From 2018 RaceRunning has been included as a track discipline in the World Para Athletics Championships. RaceRunning involves running with the support of a frame and allows aerobic exercise for individuals with cerebral palsy, who have severe motor and co-ordination impairments. A frame is used to support the upper body and body weight, allowing the legs to propel the athlete forward.

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The club has a proud history of coaching athletes with a physical, sensory or learning difficulty.

Our athletes have included Neil Fachie, a visually impaired sprinter, who was part of the British Paralympic team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Lewis Clow and Iain Boyd, both sprinters currently with the club, were part of the Scottish Team at the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association World Games in 2015. Lewis was also part of the Scottish Team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

We try where possible, to include all athletes in our main club training sessions.

The main club training sessions at Aberdeen Sports Village for children 9 years old up to around 12 years old are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM.

We also run a children’s session at Garioch Sports Centre, Inverurie on Tuesdays, 6-7 PM during term time.

This age group would receive coaching in all athletics events.  Older athletes can concentrate on either one event or several events. The training times will depend on the coach. Depending on the disability of the individual, there are competition opportunities for athletes in sprinting, distance running, wheelchair racing, race running, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin and club throw.

Aberdeen AAC work closely with Grampian Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics to maximise the potential of all athletes.

For further information, please contact Ruth Watson, Aberdeen AAC Community Development Officer, pathways@aberdeenaac.co.uk.

Photos Getty Images, Bobby Gavin