Performance Pathways

Performance pathways are a vital component in the performance structure of sport. They create progression for talented athletes in their chosen sport to develop from participation level to elite level. Disability Sport NI works closely with each focus sport to create mass participation, then further the development of talented athletes to create world class performers.


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Disability Sport NI has been supporting Athletics NI since the introduction of the mainstreaming policy in 2005.

Athletes with a disability are encouraged to join their local athletics club so they can access regular, high quality coaching. 
If you would like to locate your nearest club contact Heather Ardis or 028 9060 2707.

Performance Pathways 
Wheelchair Racing Sessions 
Athletics NI runs wheelchair racing sessions on Thursday nights from 5.00-6.30pm at Mary Peters Track.  If you are interested in these sessions please contact Heather Ardis or 02890602707.

Parallel Success squad
The Athletics NI ‘Parallel Success Squad’ is open to disabled and non-disabled athletes and is aimed at developing talented young athletes through a multi-event approach.  
The Parallel success squad meets 6 times a year and is targeted at 11-18 year olds with emphasis on developing all round athletic ability, appropriate strength and mobility, and sound bio-mechanical technique for running, jumping and throwing.
If you would like more information on the Parallel Success Squad please contact Heather on 028 90602707 / 07841804033 or or click here

Athletes with disabilities are encourage to enter mainstream competitions to gain experience, however Athletics NI have included wheelchair events in a number of competitions including the NI & Ulster Age Group Championships and Belfast International meet.  . 
Competitions include-                

Ulster Schools
NI & Ulster age groups
Super 5 Champs
IWA/CP Sport National Champs
UK School Games
UK National Junior Champs
Special Olympic Champs

For more information on Athletics please go to Athletics NI