There is a wide and varied programme of events across a number of sports in the UK, throughout Europe and the rest of the world that provide opportunities for athletes with intellectual disability to compete.
The number of opportunities and the sports available are different dependant on which country — ie England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland that the athlete lives in.
Event hosts include, but are not limited to, Disability Sports Events (DSE), Governing Bodies of Sport, Disability Sports Organisations as well as regional and local hosts.
Internationally opportunities exist through the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID), its European region and through International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events.
This sports pathway is about “performance led” competitive sport. There is just one classification group for athletes with intellectual disability in events and athletes are expected to be motivated to train, excel and achieve the very highest standards possible.
The ultimate achievement is representing Great Britain at the INAS-FID Global Games or the IPC Paralympic Games, but only those athletes that reach the highest performance standards and prove themselves to be the very best performance athletes that Great Britain can offer will be considered for selection to these events.