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Wheelchair Racing

Wheelchair racing is a track and field sport in which participants in wheelchairs race over a variety of distances. Races are typically held on running tracks or roads, and distances vary from between 100m and 1,000m. There are usually eight to 10 athletes competing in a single heat. Wheelchairs are specially designed for racing and are generally very light. Athletes are classified based on disability or disabilities.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Wheelchair track

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Wheelchair racing was one of the many disability sports initiated for Second World War veterans by the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England. The exact origins in Canada and the GTA are unknown.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages, many of whom have a physical disability.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Training and races occur year round at indoor and outdoor venues.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Achilles Canada; Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled; Athletics Ontario

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



  • Beach Cheer Athletics
    100 Sunrise Ave
    Toronto, ON M4A 1B3
  • Stephen Lewis Secondary School
    3675 Thomas Street
    Mississauga, ON L5M 7E6
  • Achilles Canada
    123 Snowdon Avenue
    Toronto, ON M4N2A8
  • Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled
    9 - 6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle Suite 158
    Mississauga, ON L5N2V7

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