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Athletics is one of the most widely participated blind and low vision sports internationally, with over 70 nations regularly participating in international competition. Athletics has been a part of the Paralympic Games since the first Games held in 1960 in Rome, Italy. 

Athletes with a vision impairment compete in most track and field events with the exception of hurdles, steeplechase and pole vault. The International Athletic Association Federation (IAAF) rules are followed in their entirety by T13/F13 athletes but some modifications are made for T11/F11 and T12/F12 athletes (please see classification page for more information). These modifications can include guide runners and audible guidance from callers in field and jumping events.  

Interested in ATHLETICS? Check out the Athletics New Zealand website to find a club near you.

Interested in RUNNING? Check out the Achilles New Zealand website to find a club near you.