Start Competing!

Below are resources to get competing! You can view events to attend, including, Gateway to Gold (Experience and Performance), coaching clinics, sport camps and competitions. If you're unsure of how to start competing, be sure to check out our "Find a Sport" section and then determine your impairment class and classification.

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When competing, there are four different types of events to attend. They include:

Local events: Community level, may be single or multi-sport, disability focused or integrated with able-bodied participants, such as a local meet with a local track club. Athletes typically represent themselves, local team, program or training group. Good competition opportunities for recreational and developmental athletes.

Regional events: State and multi-state level, may be single or multi-sport, disability focused or integrated with able-bodied participants. Athletes typically represent local team, program or training group. In some cases training events may be invite-only. Good competition opportunities for developmental, emerging and national team athletes.

National events: Typically, single-sport, draw participants from all 50 states, qualifying criteria/standards often required for participation, disability focused. May include able-bodied events for which Paralympic-eligible athletes have met qualifying criteria. Athletes typically represent local team, program or training group. These are likely to be opportunities for emerging, national team athletes.

International events: Single and multisport (i.e. world championships, Paralympic Games), draw participants from all regions and nations, qualifying criteria/ standards frequently required for participation. Athletes typically represent nation. These are likely to be opportunities for national team and U.S. Paralympic Team athletes.