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The Para-Athletics Classification System

In sport, classification exists so that athletes compete in fair and equal competition. In Paralympic Sport, the wide range of sports and disabilities create unique classification systems. Paralympic classification groups athletes according to how their disability impacts on their sport. Athletes compete against others with similar disabilities, so that the athletes who succeed do so on the basis of athletic performance.

Athletes With A Physical Impairment

Classifications for athletes with a physical impairment will be conducted through Athletics South Australia.

Next Classification Opportunities (September 21st - SA Athletics Stadium)

Classification is a free service to anyone wishing to compete in athletics. You must express your interest in order to be classified. Certain athletes will get priority based on state or international competitions.

Expressions of interests will close a week before the scheduled date, after which athletes will be allocated a time-slot and will be provided more information.

How to express an interest:

Register via the Link:

Fee:  Free

Full Information

Full Australia Calendar of Classification Opportunities

Classification Master list

Classification Information


Classification for Athletes with a Vision Impairment

National Sports Organisation - Australian Paralympic Committee

The APC are responsible for managing classification opportunities for athletes with a vision impairment. The testing procedure is standard across all Paralympic sports, however athletes must specify a sport when they are seeking classification as classes are sports specific. Athletes wishing to obtain a classification as a vision impaired athlete must obtain a diagnosis report outlining their current level of vision from their Ophthalmologist. Athletes must complete the APC 'Get Involved Registration' form or contact Classification Services on 02 9704 0500 to register for a provisional or national level classification. 

Classification for Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment 

National Sports Organisation - Sport Inclusion Australia

Sport Inclusion Australia are the national organisation responsible for classifying athletes with an Intellectual Impairment. Athletes wishing to participate in athletics at national or international level events must complete the appropriate Sport Inclusion Australia forms. For more information regarding eligibility please access the Sport Inclusion Australia website.


Classification for Athletes with a Hearing Impairment 

National Sports Organisation - Deaf Sports Australia

Deaf Sports Australia is the national sports organisation that are responsible for Hearing Impaired classifications. Athletes wishing to obtain a classification as a Hearing Impaired Athlete, must first obtain an Audiogram. Athletes then complete the Classification Form. For more information on Hearing Impaired classification please read the DSA Athlete Eligibility page.


Classification for Athletes with a Transplant Impairment

National Sports Organisation - Transplant Australia

Athletes who have received a transplant, and wish to be classified as a transplant athlete must apply through Transplant Australia. To obtain a transplant classification athletes must complete the Application for Transplant Classification Form and return it to Transplant Australia. 


Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Andrew Crawford

Development Manager

08 8354 3477








Athletics South Australia
PO Box 84, Torrensville Plaza SA 5031
SA Athletics Stadium, 145 Railway Terrace Mile End, South Australia, 5031

P +61 08 8354 3477
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