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Local and National Provision for Athletics

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Local and National Provision for Athletics. In athletics everyone starts at the same point, as a beginner. To become an elite athlete you have to go through different stages; School/Club- This is where the athlete starts, they are noticed to be good at athletics so the teachers enters them into the English schools county competition (held once a year). The person could also be a member of a local athletics club, here they will learn the sport inside out and with good coaches progress to excel in competitions all over the country (there is no certain skill the athlete needs to have to enter an open meeting) County-The athlete can only compete for his or her county by entering the English school competition and finishing first or second in the discipline they choose, this is the next stage where they are up against 3 other counties. National- If the athlete proves that they are able to be one of the best in the country (by competing in a league and/or representing there county) they can compete for there country. ...read more.

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Today there are 3 main governing bodies; 1.) UK Athletics- Following the well-chronicled financial demise of BAF ('British Athletic Federation'), a new body - UK Athletics was formed and officially launched in January 1999. The UK Athletics organisation represents a new era for the sport and will focus on three key elements: * A dedicated performance structure * A new framework for development work * A competition structure that truly meets the needs of all levels of athlete The current funding and support for UK Athletics is provided by the following sources: * Norwich Union * BBC Sport * UK Sport * Reebok 2.) Amateur Athletic Association of England - The Association has run the AAA's Championships for over one hundred years, the oldest of all such meetings.In England the AAA: * Secures a uniform policy for the administration and development of athletics. * Promotes and develops athletics through a team of full-time development officers. * Selects representative teams thus providing competitive opportunities for English athletes on a regular basis as well as at the Commonwealth Games. * Promotes and organises national championships at Under 17, Under 20, Under 23 and Senior levels. ...read more.

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If a competitors has a certain talent in athletics Sport England will help the athlete become as good as they can possibly achieve. The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a government-funded programme that represents a unique partnership between sport, higher and further education. TASS bridges the gap in sport's talent development pathway between junior representative sport and world-class levels for the most talented 16 to 25 year old sportspeople. At the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Great Britain finished second overall behind the host nation Australia in the medal table and also second in the athletics table behind Australia. In both cases this was Great Britain's highest ever placing in the Paralympics. NATION GOLD SILVER BRONZE Australia 63 39 47 Great Britain 41 43 47 Spain 39 30 38 ATHLETICS GOLD SILVER BRONZE Australia 35 15 16 Great Britain 16 14 18 USA 14 15 20 The status of athletes on the World Class Performance Plan (WCCP) is reviewed twice a year; in April and October. It is also at this time that National Disability Sports Organisations' (NDSOs) nominations of new athletes for inclusion in the WCCP is considered by UK Athletics. The current WCPP supports 37 track and field athletes from a range of disability groups. ...read more.

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