Disability Athletics

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Frame Running
The club now delivers coached frame running sessions for club members. These run on Mondays at Aberdeen Sports Village from 4:30 to 5:30PM.

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Frame Running (formerly RaceRunning) originated in Denmark in the 1990’s. It is an athletics event in which individuals with impaired mobility can walk or run using a special frame called a Frame Runner. A Frame Runner is a three-wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

People with severe motor and coordination impairments can take part in Frame Running as a recreational activity which is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength, and physical and emotional well-being.

AAAC’s history of coaching athletes with a physical, sensory or learning difficulty.

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Our athletes have included Neil Fachie, a visually impaired sprinter, who was part of the British Paralympic team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Sprinters, Lewis Clow and Iain Boyd were both 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.

Where possible, we try to include all athletes in our main club training sessions.  The training times will depend on the coach.  Younger athletes aged 9 to 12 generally receive coaching in all athletics events.  Older athletes can concentrate on either one event or several events. 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.