Sports Summary

Para-athletics has been contested at the Paralympic Games since the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy, in 1960.

Events are open to male and female athletes in all impairment groups eligible for Paralympic sport. Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event, with events continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.

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Events & Disciplines

Athletes race over 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and 10000m. 4x100m and 4x400m relays, marathons, club throw, discus, high jump, javelin, long jump, shot put and triple jump are also contested.

Classification

Who is eligible to compete in Para-athletics?

Athletes with a physical, vision or intellectual impairment

What are the classes?

Athletes are given classifications with the prefix ‘T’ for track events and ‘F’ for field events. They are also assigned a number that represents their level of functional ability.

Athletes with a physical impairment are represented in the classes T/F 31-38, 40-47, 51-54 and 55-57, athletes with a vision impairment in the classes T/F 11-13, and athletes with an intellectual impairment in the classes T/F 20.

For more information, click here.

How do I get classified?

Click here for information.

Classification master list

Athletics Australia manages the national classification master list for Para-athletics. It includes athletes who have been classified according to World Para-athletics Classification Rules and Regulations, or Paralympics Australia’s and Athletics Australia’s classification policies.

Click here to view the master list.

Rules & Equipment

Most Para-athletics disciplines, including discus, javelin, shot put and wheelchair racing, require specific sport equipment. Additionally, athletes may use assistive devices including prosthetics, rope tethers and acoustic devices.

The prosthetics used have been specifically developed to withstand the demands of competition. Leg prostheses are required in track events, but in field events they are optional.

Rope tethers and other similar devices may be used by runners with a vision impairment to link them to their sighted guides, and acoustic devices (or a sighted ‘caller’) may be used to indicate throwing targets, take-off in jumping events, etc.

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Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2016 3 9 14 26
2012 5 9 13 27
2008 10 9 7 26
2004 10 12 10 32
2000 35 15 16 66
1996 19 12 12 43
1992 13 15 12 40
1988 14 19 20 53
1984 17 19 22 58
1980 8 9 17 34
1976 7 11 4 22
1972 3 4 4 11
1968 7 7 5 19
1964 2 3 0 5
1960 0 4 1 5
Rae Anderson

Rae Anderson

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Angie Ballard

Angie Ballard

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Carlee Beattie

Carlee Beattie

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Samuel Carter

Samuel Carter

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Aaron Chatman

Aaron Chatman

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Erin Cleaver

Erin Cleaver

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Jaryd Clifford

Jaryd Clifford

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Gabriel Cole

Gabriel Cole

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Tamsin Colley

Tamsin Colley

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Richard Colman

Richard Colman

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Brianna Coop

Brianna Coop

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Brayden Davidson

Brayden Davidson

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Christie Dawes

Christie Dawes

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Madison de Rozario

Madison de Rozario

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Taylor Doyle

Taylor Doyle

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Jodi Elkington – Jones

Jodi Elkington – Jones

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Louise Ellery

Louise Ellery

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Kurt Fearnley

Kurt Fearnley

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Nicole Harris

Nicole Harris

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Guy Henly

Guy Henly

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Todd Hodgetts

Todd Hodgetts

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Madeleine Hogan

Madeleine Hogan

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Isis Holt

Isis Holt

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Nicholas Hum

Nicholas Hum

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Torita Blake

Torita Blake

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Claire Keefer

Claire Keefer

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Deon Kenzie

Deon Kenzie

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Jake Lappin

Jake Lappin

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Rosemary Little

Rosemary Little

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Rheed McCracken

Rheed McCracken

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Sam McIntosh

Sam McIntosh

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Brydee Moore

Brydee Moore

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Jemima Moore

Jemima Moore

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Ella Pardy

Ella Pardy

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Chad Perris

Chad Perris

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Katherine Proudfoot

Katherine Proudfoot

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Scott Reardon

Scott Reardon

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Michael Roeger

Michael Roeger

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Jayden Sawyer

Jayden Sawyer

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Brad Scott

Brad Scott

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Russell Short

Russell Short

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Private: Emily Tapp

Private: Emily Tapp

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James Turner

James Turner

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Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh

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Jessee Wyatt

Jessee Wyatt

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic Para-athletics Team

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

Athletics Australia
athletics.com.au

Athletics ACT
athleticsact.org.au

Athletics NSW
nswathletics.org.au

Athletics NT
ntathletics.org.au

QLD Athletics
qldathletics.org.au

Athletics SA
athleticssa.com.au

Athletics TAS
tasathletics.org.au

Athletics VIC
athsvic.org.au

Athletics WA
waathletics.org.au