Wheelchair Racing

What is Wheelchair Racing?

Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs on the track and in road races. Wheelchair racing is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability; amputees, spinal cord disabilities, cerebral palsy and partially sighted (when combined with another disability).

Athletes are classified in accordance with the nature and severity of their disability or combinations of disabilities. Like running, it can take place on a track or as a road race.  Competitors compete in racing wheelchairs which allow the athletes to reach speeds of 18 mph or more.

British Athletics Performance Pathway 

Para Athletics is a fast growing sport in the UK and performances from elite athletes on the world stage continue to excel and inspire the next generation of young athletes. The British Athletics Paralympic Performance Pathway aims to identify, develop, prepare and support potential Paralympians towards World Class level.

BA work closely with the Home Country Athletics federations to provide progressive learning squad environments for performance athletes to grow and develop in a safe, but challenging and inspiring setting.

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The British Wheelchair Racing Association 

The British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA) is the governing body for wheelchair racing in Great Britain actively promoting participation, equality and governance for disabled people in this exiting sport on road and on track.

Wheelchair Racing at the National Junior Games

They organise the annual National Wheelchair Racing Track Championships where national and international athletes of all ages and classifications compete at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, as well as regular try out events, training weekends and camps.

For more information on how to get involved in Wheelchair Racing please get in contact with the British Wheelchair Racing Association.

Where to take part?

Joining your local athletics club is a great place to start your journey into wheelchair racing: 

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Phot credit: Harlow WCR (Jodie Hannigan)

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