Athletics Classification System
In sport, classification exists so that athletes compete in fair and equal competition. Most sports have simple classification systems that group athletes according to age, gender or weight. 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 based on the individual athletic performance.
For full details regarding the classification system in Australia please refer to the Athletics Australia Classification Policy and Procedures.
2013 Classification Dates
Classification is a free service to anyone wishing to compete in athletes. You MUST book in order to be classified as certain athletes will get priority based on state or international competitions.
The Next Classification Date is:
Saturday 1st Feburary
To express your interest to get classified on the above date please register online at the following link:
NATIONAL CLASSIFICATION MASTER LIST
The National Classification Master List is the official record of Australian classified athletes in the Paralympic classes. This master list is managed by the Australian Paralympic Committee in agreement with classification system partners. Certain classification information is made public to assist athletes, coaches and meet organisers (e.g. athletes name, state, date of birth, classification and classification status).
Download the Athletics Classification Master List.
MULTI CLASS COMPETITION
Many Schools, Clubs and Associations conduct events for athletes with a disability, but do not have sufficient numbers in each classification to hold competition events just for athletes in that l classification. As a result, athletes with a disability are often combined into one event which caters for athletes across a wide variety of disabilities and classifications. In this situation all athletes are generally grouped together in one of four separate categories;
Ambulant Track; athletes who can compete on the track standing
Wheelchair Track; athletes who use a wheelchair to compete on the track
Ambulant Field; athletes who can compete in a field event standing
Wheelchair Field; athletes who use a wheelchair to compete in a field event
In order to compete in Multi Class competition athletes must have an eligible classification. Event results are determined using the Multi Disability Scoring Tables (MDS).
The MDS tables have been developed by Athletics Australia for use at underage competitions within Australia at all levels from school age to National Championships.
For open competition World Records for each individual Classification are used to determine results for multiclass events.
Multi-Disability Scoring Tables
Athletics Australia has developed the MDS tables over many years to provide an opportunity for athletes with a disability to compete in a fair and equitable underage competition across disability groups.
The MDS Tables are developed using a complex calculation that takes into account;
World records, Paralympic records, Australian records, and age records as well as external factors such as availability and quality of sport specific prosthetics.
The calculation determines a performance mark for each classification that athletes are then compared against.
These calculations are regularly reviewed based on the above factors.
The tables are available by clicking here.
FIND A CLUB
Athletics Australia encourages all individual athletes with a disability to become a member of their nearest Athletics club. Training and competition opportunities generally exist within your region as part of the able bodied program, in addition to integrated or stand alone disability events and opportunities which may exist at a state, national and international level.
For information on South Australian clubs click here.
NATIONAL DISABILITY SPORTS PARTNERS
Australian Paralympic Committee www.paralympic.org.au
The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) is the peak national body responsible for Australia’s elite athletes with a disability. The APC is responsible for Paralympic classification, Talent Identification and Paralympic Education Programs (Classifications T/F11 – T/F58)
AUSRAPID is a national organisation established to increase the sporting and recreational opportunities for all people with an intellectual disability within Australia. AUSRAPID manages the classification eligibility process for athletes with an intellectual disability (Classifications T/F20)
Deaf Sports Australia www.deafsports.org.au
Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) is the peak body for deaf sport in Australia. DSA manage deaf specific competitions, promote the participation of people with a hearing impairment in sport and manage eligibility for hearing impaired classification (Classifications T/F01)
Transplant Australia www.transplant.org.au
Transplant Australia is a national organisation existing to enrich and celebrate life. Transplant Australia manages the classification eligibility process for transplantees (Classifications T/F 60)
For more information please contact:
Youth Programs and Performance Coordinator
08 8354 3477