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 (late October 2019)
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:
Please feel free to contact Athletics SA with any questions email@example.com
Full Australia Calendar of Classification Opportunities
Classification Master list
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.