100m race at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix on May 30, 2015 in Nottwil, Switzerland. © • Getty Images for the IPC
This year’s World Para Athletics Junior Championships take place in Nottwil, Switzerland, a popular venue already well-established and highly regarded in the Para athletics calendar.
Situated in the centre of the country, Nottwil is a scenic town with easy access to road and rail links around Switzerland. The famous city of Lucerne is only 20 kilometres away.
Nottwil’s Sport Arena is located in the grounds of the Swiss Paraplegics Centre and on the shores of the picturesque Lake Sempach.
The eight-lane track already attracts many of the world’s best Para athletes as a respected host of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix series.
This year will be the fourth year Nottwil hosts the global series; in 2016, more than 380 Para athletes from 50 countries took part in four days of world class competition.
Renowned as a fast track, Nottwil has been the setting for numerous world records, by both amputee racers and wheelchair users – such as the Netherlands’ T43 sprinter, world and Paralympic champion Marlou van Rhijn, and Canada’s T53 wheelchair racer, world and Paralympic champion Brent Lakatos.
Just a short stroll away there is the Caribbean village, a colourful oasis serving food and drinks and offering the perfect opportunity to relax. Next door is Nottwil train station, which provides a regular train service to towns and cities nearby.