BUCS has great track record in helping to retain and transition athletes from junior to senior and offers an exciting opportunity for para-athletes who might want to try switching sports, exploring new opportunities, or have acquired a disability.
We work alongside British Athletics to be able to be able provide these opportunities and thank them for their support for BUCS Para Athletics. Both the Indoors and Outdoor Athletics Championships are recognised for UK and World Rankings.
IMPORTANT: Athletes needing Classification should start this process at the earliest opportunity.
The BUCS Athletics & Para Athletics Programme runs a huge amount of events for students to get involved in. These are BUCS Cross Country Champions, BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships (as part of nationals) & BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships.
Ambulant events are for athletes who are able to compete whilst standing. This covers track and field disciplines.
Seated events are for athletes who are unable to compete whilst standing. This covers field throwing disciplines.
Wheelchair events are for athletes who are unable to compete whilst standing. This covers track disciplines.
Cross Country Championships - Para-Athletes may enter this event, providing that they meet entry criteria and counted within entry. No Para Medals or Points are awarded at this event.
Indoor Athletics Championships - BUCS points and medals will be awarded in these specific Para events (Men and Woman Seperatly):
- Ambulant 60m
- Ambulant Long Jump
- Ambulant Shot Putt
Para athletes of all eligible classifications will compete alongside each other and shall be ranked on a multi-classification basis using the RAZA system. Both the Indoors and Outdoor Athletics Championships are recognised for UK and World Rankings.
Para athletes may enter all other events, providing they meet entry criteria and counted within entry however no para medals or points will be awarded.
Outdoor Athletics Championships - BUCS points and medals will be awarded in these specific Para events (Men and Woman Separatly):
- Ambulant 100m
- Ambulant 200m
- Ambulant 400m
- Ambulant 1500m
- Wheelchair 100m
- Wheelchair 800m
- Ambulant Shot Putt
- Seated Shot Putt
- Ambulant Discus
- Seated Discus
Para-athletes of all eligible classifications will compete alongside each other and shall be ranked on a multi-classification basis using the RAZA system. Both the Indoors and Outdoor Athletics Championships are recognised for UK and World Rankings.
Para Athletes may enter all other events, providing they meet entry criteria and counted within entry however no para medals or points will be awarded.
Athletes are given a classification according to their type of impairment and severity. This may change over time.
- T = Track
- F = Field
Track and Jumps
- Ambulant classifications will be: T11-13, T20, T35-38, T42-47, T61-64
- Wheelchair racing classifications will be: T33-34 and T51-54
- Athlete classifications will be: F11-13, F20, F35-38, F40-41, F42-46, and F61-64
- Athlete classifications will be: F31-34 and F51-57.
Athletes without a UK Classification, wishing to compete should get in touch with British Athletics at their earliest opportunity via [email protected]
To be able to participate in BUCS Para events, athletes will need to have a UK Classfication. IMPORTANT: Athletes needing Classification should start this process at the earliest opportunity.
For more information about UK Classification eligibility:
All athletes must provide signed medical forms and may also be required to attend a clinic.
International athletes with an IPC Classification must provide their SDMS number to [email protected] in order to register performances on Power of 10.
Where classification is pending BUCS should be made aware. Classification must be finalised before the Championships take place to confirm Raza Points and Implement Weights.
For UK Athletics, the key imparement groups are:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Visual Impairment
- Intellectual Impairment
- Amputees & Limb Impairment
- Wheelchair User
If you think that you would qualify in one of these groups and would like to get classified, we would encourage you to do so with plenty of time before entries close.
In large events such as the Paralympics there are many athletes for each classification meaning that events can be run singly. E.G F13 Shot Put, F35 Shot Put.
In events such as BUCS this is not the case and so we use the RAZA system. This results system was designed to allow people with different disabilities to compete against each other and allows a direct comparison of performances so that placings can be determined. It is constantly evolving as more and more accurate athlete data is gathered.
The simple explanation for how it works: Each disability classification is given set points. The distance an athlete throws/ jumps, or time they run is put into the system and converted. The total number of points they achieve are their RAZA points. The athlete with most points is the winner.
All Athletes must enter events through BUCS Play which is detailed in the Entry Information.
At the time of entry an athlete may still be awaiting classification. In this situation, enter TBC. This MUST be communicated to the BUCS Event Coordinator prior to the event so that they can organise with British Athletics. Otherwise, the student’s result cannot be counted as the Raza system will not work.
If you are a para-athlete that has never competed in the event before, this is not a problem. You should enter N/A.
If you are a para-athlete that has not competed and therefore do not have a Power of 10 profile. Again, enter N/A here.
Institutions must notify BUCS directly regarding any additional support an athlete needs to compete. For example:
- “Chalk for visibility of take-off board in the long jump”
- “Runs with a guide runner”
Those events that are awarded BUCS points are outlined in Appendix 1 - Competition Offer and Associated BUCS points
These are athletics points that are combined to determine the team winner for BUCS indoors/outdoors. E.g. Outdoor Athletics – Overall Team winners
Are awarded for the top 8 finishers in each event (individual & relay):
1st = 8 points
2nd = 7 points etc
Down to 8th = 1 point
However with the following caveat:
Only 2 from each institution are eligible for team points (only relevant at outdoors – as indoors only 2 max allowed to enter).
In 8 person finals - if there were 4 from one institution in the final only 2 score and the remaining points are passed to athletes who did not qualify for the final.
In longer track events and field events (where 12 or more are in a final) then those in places lower than 8th are awarded points if there were more than 2 athletes from the same institution in places 1 – 8.
If there are any DNF’s, DQ’s, DNS the points are not passed to athletes not in the final. (Unless it is a 3rd/4th athlete that has DQ etc)
At indoors (6 person finals)
Points for the 7th and 8th place are passed down to the best non finalists from the semi-finals
Finals with fewer than 8 people e.g. para events.
REG 126.96.36.199.7 BUCS Points will not be allocated where the minimum number of individuals/teams has not been reached, or where there are not enough individual scores to extract a team score. Where the minimum number has been reached an individual/team (except for overall/extracted teams) must have beaten another individual/team to score BUCS Points. For example, if three individuals/teams compete in an event, only two will score BUCS Points. To be classed as beaten an individual/team must have competed – individuals/teams are regarded as having competed if they started the event, therefore 'DNS' or 'No Show' will not be regarded as having competed. Individuals/teams who are disqualified or listed as ‘DNF’ will not be eligible to receive BUCS Points.
For athletics clubs and institutions looking to recruit para athletes it is important to advertise Para Athletic opportunities on your club websites, sporting fixtures making opportunities clear to Para Athletes. Your university may also have Para / Disability Sport pages on the University Sport website.
University is a great place for students to try new sports and new disciplines. If there is someone who is asking regarding para-opportunities please make sure that you guide them to guide them to the UKA website and/or talk to your university/union regarding making your sport accessible.
For further promotion there are potential contacts via the Student Union Disability Rep and Student Support Services who should know most disabled students needing adapted accommodation and / or learning support. University Gyms may also have disabled users and be a good place to promote your opportunities.
If you are interested in para-athletics or think that you might be eligable to be a para athlete, we recommend you to talk with your University Sport department, Students Union and/or student support services in the first instance. If you are a prospective student, we would recomend you getting in contact with institutions to see if there is any support or opportunities that they can offer.
Your university gym may also be able to guide you to the best person to talk with.
If you have found no expertise or equipment within your institution, please see the UK Athletics guidance here: https://www.uka.org.uk/performance/paralympic-performance-pathway
If you would like to talk to BUCS regarding new opportunities or expanding the Para Athletics Programme, please contact Maddi Cannell.