Athletics for blind and partially sighted people
Athletics is an integral component of the Paralympic Games, each sport being divided up according to sight category, with track events carrying the option of a sighted guide runner (attached via rope) for those with low or no vision.
Annual Metro Athletics Open
Held every summer in London, blind and partially sighted athletes from all over the country attend, and overnight accommodation can be provided if needed.
Visit our dedicated Athletic Open page and download event results
The Annual Metro Athletics Open are a highlight of our year. They remain the number one event for blind and partially sighted athletes, in the region, regardless of experience. Open to everyone from juniors to veteran athletes they incorporate a comprehensive track and field programme ranging the 60m sprint to 5,000m. Field events include the high and long jump, shot put, discus and javelin. Run in accordance with UK Athletics and International Blind Sports Association’s rules by a team of qualified officials, the event is a great day out for families and many new friendships are forged.
Dublin May Games
Metro also considers subsidy requests for athletes to attend the May Games in Dublin, which are organised by Irish Blind Sports. Click here for the Irish Blind Sports homepage.
Want to know more?
For further information about athletics for blind and partially sighted people,
You may also find these external links of interest:
UK Athletics (UKA) www.uka.org.uk
International Blind Sport Association (IBSA) www.ibsa.es
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) www.paralympic.org
British Blind Sport (BBS) www.britishblindsport.org.uk
England Athletics www.englandathletics.org/disabilityathletics
England Athletics Guidance to Competiton
BBS guide in Supporting Visually Impaired People in Athletics
This resource is all about helping mainstream athletics providers to be VI friendly through their provision of training, resources and support.
This resource will enable coaches, leaders and parents/carers to:
- Have a better understanding of the needs of people with a visual impairment.
- Apply their knowledge to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment.
- Use basic communication skills to support the needs of people with a visual impairment.
- Understand where you can obtain further support to ensure your club/group is fully accessible and inclusive to people with a visual impairment.
You can also download a comprehensive information pack on guide running in PDF format at the link below.