Rowing Classification

What are the classes?
LTA (legs, trunk and arms):  Rowers with a vision impairment or physical impairment including cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury, limb loss or deficiency, nerve damage or other similar impairment compete together. Rowers are able to use a sliding seat and use their legs, trunk and arms to perform the stroke. All rowers with a vision impairment must wear a blindfold when competing.
TA (trunk and arms):  Rowers in this class can fix their pelvis on the seat but are unable to use a sliding seat due to the loss of leg function. 
AS (arms and shoulders only):  Rowers in this class have no trunk or leg function and row only with the use of their arms and shoulders.

How do I get classified?
Athletes should seek a classification in their relevant impairment group through the relevant organisations below.

Athletes with a physical impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by Rowing Australia. You can find more information at Rowing Australia.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification contact Rowing Australia.

Athletes with a vision impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by the Australian Paralympic Committee and supported by state based low-vision service providers. You can find out more information at Vision Classification.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification, complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

If you are unsure of your impairment type or have multiple impairment types, you may wish to complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

What do I require for a classification?
Athletes are required to provide evidence of their diagnosis to classifiers prior to the classification commencing. Generally this is written documentation from their doctor or specialist (for example a rehabilitation specialist, neurologist or ophthalmologist) that outlines their medical condition. Athletes may be required to provide additional test results or charts (for example X-rays, growth charts, MRI or visual field tests) to support their classification. Please check what is required for your impairment type prior to attending classification.

View further resources below:
- General information about classification