What is Classification? (Please scroll down to see all information )

Paralympic sport exists so that athletes with disabilities have equal
opportunities to compete and be successful in sport. Classification groups
athletes who have similar impairments together into classes for
competition in their particular sport. Each Paralympic sport has a
different classification system, based on each sport’s specific athletic
skills and requirements. Each Paralympic sport has sport-specific minimal
disability criteria that athletes must meet in order to be eligible for
the sport. By grouping similar athletes together, an athlete’s disability
plays less of an impact on the outcomes of competition. This means that
classification helps to allow the fastest, strongest or best athletes in
each class to succeed in their sport.

When is Classification required?

If you want to compete in sport as an athlete with a disability, you must
undergo a sports specific classification assessment and hold a particular
level of classification. Classification is not required for general
participation or social involvement in sport.

In Australia, there are 3 levels of classification:

Provisional: For athletes who compete at club, school or regional
competition and do not have access to a sport specific classification
panel.

National: For athletes who have access to a recognized sport specific
classification panel, and compete at state or national championships all
Paralympic Sports. This includes School Sport State and National
Championships.

International: For athletes who are selected for international competition.

Please refer to the following for further information:

http://www.paralympic.org.au/classification/

 

Within SA there are 2 APC qualified opthamologists:

Mandy Wilson: RSB Knapman House 08 8417 5599

Neil Murray: neil.murray@flinders.edu.au 08 72218700

For further information please contact us at info@blindsportssa.org.au