Sports Summary

Since the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, swimming has been one of the main sports of the Paralympics. Like the Olympic Games, competitors measure their skills in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and medley events.

Swimming is open to both male and female competitors who have a physical impairment, intellectual impairment or visual impairment. Athletes are classified based on their functional ability to perform each stroke. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) rules are followed with a few modifications, such as optional platform or in-water starts for some races, and the use of signals or ‘tappers’ for swimmers with visual impairment. No prostheses or assistive devices are permitted.

Para-Swimming is governed internationally by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee is the National Federation for the sport. Through a mainstreaming Agreement, the APC funds Swimming Australia to deliver the Paralympic Preparation Program.

Swimming Australia

International Paralympic Committee – Swimming

Events & Disciplines

  • Freestyle – 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x50m, 4x100m
  • Backstroke – 50m, 100m
  • Breastroke – 50m, 100m
  • Butterfly – 50m, 100m
  • Individual Medley – 150m, 200m
  • Medley Relay – 4x100m

Classification

Who is eligible for Swimming? Athletes with a physical impairment, vision impairment or intellectual impairment.

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability. Athletes are given classifications with a prefix S, SB or SM to indicate different strokes.

•S indicates the class for freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events
•SB indicates the class for breaststroke events
•SM indicates the class for medley events

Athletes with a physical impairment: S/SB/SM 1-10
Athletes with a vision impairment: S/SB/SM 11-13
Athletes with an intellectual impairment: S/SB/SM 14

Classification Information Sheet – Swimming PDF

How do I get a classification? Find out more about seeking a Swimming Classification.

Classification Masterlist: Swimming Australia manages the National Swimming Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been classified as per IPC Swimming Classification Rules or APC/SAL Classification Policy.

Australian Swimming Classification Masterlist

Rules & Equipment

Swimming suits

The clothing for swimmers is a bathing suit. It is forbidden for athletes to use anything that may aid the swimmers speed, buoyancy, or endurance.

Other equipment

Swimming caps and protective eye-goggles are permitted. The goggles protect the swimmer’s eyes as well as improving their vision in the water.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2012 18 7 17 42
2008 9 11 9 29
2004 6 14 15 35
2000 14 15 21 50
1996 16 16 12 44
1992 10 12 13 35
1988 5 12 14 31
1984 20 30 24 74
1980 1 8 2 11
1976 3 5 2 10
1972 1 3 5 9
1968 5 5 1 11
1964 9 2 2 13
1960 2 0 0 2
Joshua Alford

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Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

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Jesse Aungles

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Emily Beecroft

Emily Beecroft

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Liam Bekric

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Blake Cochrane

Blake Cochrane

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Ellie Cole

Ellie Cole

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Rowan Crothers

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Katja Dedekind

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Timothy Disken

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Maddison Elliott

Maddison Elliott

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Daniel Fox

Daniel Fox

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Matthew Haanappel

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Brenden Hall

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Guy Harrison-Murray

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Timothy Hodge

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Tanya Huebner

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Braedan Jason

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Jenna Jones

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Ahmed Kelly

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Paige Leonhardt

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Matt Levy

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Jeremy McClure

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Ashleigh McConnell

Ashleigh McConnell

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Monique Murphy

Monique Murphy

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Lakeisha Patterson

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Rick Pendleton

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Logan Powell

Logan Powell

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Sean Russo

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Liam Schluter

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Madeleine Scott

Madeleine Scott

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Jacob Templeton

Jacob Templeton

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Tiffany Thomas Kane

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Rachael Watson

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Prue Watt

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Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic swimming Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Swimming Australia
swimming.org.au

Swimming Northern Territory
nt.swimming.org.au

Swimming New South Wales
nsw.swimming.org.au

Swimming Queensland
qld.swimming.org.au

Swimming South Australia
swimmingsa.org.au

Swimming Tasmania
tas.swimming.org.au

Swimming Victoria
swimmingvictoria.org.au

Swimming Western Australia
wa.swimming.org.au