Athletics Classification

What are the classes?
T/F 11-13:  Athletes with a visual impairment are classified into three classes, according to their degree of vision loss. The lower the number the higher the level of vision loss,  T/F11 is for athletes with no sight, and T/F13 is for athletes who have visual acuity less than or equal to 6/60 or visual field less than 20 degrees radius in both eyes with best corrected vision.
T/F 20:  Athletes with an intellectual disability.
T/F 31-38:  Athletes with a physical disability, such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or similar disability who are ambulant or use a wheelchair.  Athletes who use a wheelchair or throwing frame to compete are in classes 31–34 and athletes who compete standing are in classes 35 – 38.
T/F 40-47:  Athletes with a physical disability who are ambulant and have different levels of limb deficiency or limb loss, congenital limb impairments or short stature.
T 51-54, F 51-57: Athletes with a physical disability who compete using wheelchairs (track events) or secured throwing frames (field events). In these classes, athletes have different levels of spinal cord injuries, spinal damage or amputations.

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

Athletes with a physical impairment: Classification is managed nationally by Athletics Australia and supported by the State Athletics associations. You can find more information at Athletics Australia or contact your State Athletics Association.

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, register at Athletics 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.

Athletes with an intellectual impairment: Classification is managed nationally by AUSRAPID and supported by Athletics Australia. You can find more information at AUSRAPID.

To request a classification, contact AUSRAPID.

If you are unsure of your impairment type or have multiple impairment types, 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

APC Classification Information Sheet – Athletics