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 on the basis of athletic performance.
For more information please refer to Athletics Australia's National Classification Information
Athletics NSW is conducting a classification opportunity for athletes with a physical impairment in New South Wales wishing to be classified for athletics.
Athletes will be assessed for a National Classification, enabling eligible athletes to compete up to and including National Championship events in their sport.
Who can apply for a classification?
This event is for athletes with a physical impairment only, however any athlete with a disability can apply to receive a classification. There are five national bodies that conduct athlete classifications for Athletics;
Physical impairment: Athletics Australia & Its Member Associations
Visual Impairment: Australian Paralympic Committee
Hearing impairment: Deaf Sports Australia
Transplant Athlete: Transplant Australia
Intellectual Impairment: Sport Inclusion Australia
If you are wishing to obtain a classification for another of the above impairment groups please follow this link to the 'Get Classified' page on the Athletics Australia website for more information of your classification process.
Athletes age 8 years and above are encouraged to attend.
What do I need to bring?
Athletes must bring a letter from their medical specialist (e.g. neurologist, rehabilitation specialist, orthopedic specialist) stating and outlining their diagnosis. Athletes will be provided further information about preparing for National Level Classification following registration for classification. Information is also available on the Athletics Australia website.
What happens next?
Athletics Australia will contact athletes who register for classification and will allocate an appointment time slot on one of the available days. If the opportunity is full, athletes will be advised that they are placed on a waiting list and will be able to attend the next available classification.