The Para-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 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 (Estimated date - Late October)
Classification is a free service to anyone wishing to compete in athletes. 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:
To express an interest for the next Classification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Australia Calendar of Classification Opportunities
Classification Master list
More Information and FAQ
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 Into Sport' 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 - AUSRAPID
AUSRAPID are the national organisation responsible for classifying athletes with an Intellectual Impairment. Athletes wishing to participate in athletics as an Intellectually impaired at national level events complete the AUSRAPID National Eligibility Application form. For more information please read through the AUSRAPID National Eligibility Guidance Notes
AUSRAPID application form
Athletes who wish to compete internationally under an intellectual impairment, must apply through AUSRAPID to receive an INAS classification. INAS classifications are for para-athletes with an Intellectual Disability who participate in track and field events offered at an international level and athletes who would like to be considered for selection to compete at international athletics events. For more information on an INAS classification read the INAS application procedures and complete the INAS application form. Athletes will also need to attend an IPC international classification, for information on this please contact Amy Hibbert at Athletics Australia.
INAS application form
Classification for Athletes with a Hearing Impairment
National Sports Organisation - Deaf Sports Australia
Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) 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 must download and complete the Audiogram Classification Form and return it to DSA. Please return completed forms toIrena Farinacci at Deaf Sports Australia. For more information on Hearing Impaired classification please read the DSA Sport Participation Page.
Application for Hearing Impaired Classification
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. The application form is to be completed by both the Athlete and their Transplant Specialist. Once completed the application is to be returned to Richelle King at Transplant Australia for classification.
Application for Transplant Impaired Classification