Classification for athletes with a vision impairment
Athletes with a vision impairment compete in Paralympic sports including Para-alpine skiing, Para-athletics, Para-cycling, Para-equestrian, goalball, Para-rowing, Para-swimming and Para-triathlon.
Athletes must specify a sport when they are seeking classification. The testing procedure is standard across all Paralympic sports, however the classes are sport specific.
Who is eligible to compete at the Paralympic Games?
To be eligible to compete at the Paralympic Games, athletes must have at least one of the following diagnoses:
- Impairment of the eye structure; and/or
- Impairment of the optic nerve or pathways; and/or
- Impairment of the visual cortex of the brain.
Athletes are classified according to their level of corrected vision and must have an impairment in BOTH eyes that meets the minimal disability criteria of:
- Visual acuity that is less than or equal to LogMAR = 1.00 (6/60); and/or
- Visual field that is less than a radius of 20 degrees
Athletes will be required to provide medical documentation from their ophthalmologist prior to seeking a classification.
What are the classes?
For more information on vision impairment classes, athletes should refer to the Classification Information Sheet for Athletes with a Vision Impairment or relevant sport page.
How do I get classified?
Athletes can request a classification using the Get Involved and Get Classified registration form or by phoning the Australian Paralympic Committee on 08 8415 6803. For more information on the classification process for athletes with a vision impairment, please click here.
Athletes will have their classification outcomes recorded on the masterlist for the sport they were classified for. Please refer to the relevant sport page for more information.
- Classification Information Sheet for Athletes with a Vision Impairment
- Provisional Classification Application for Athletes with a Vision Impairment
- Medical Screening Form for Athletes with a Vision Impairment (required to be completed by an ophthalmologist prior to attending a face-to-face national classification assessment)
- National Classification Form for Athletes with a Vision Impairment
- National Classification Medical Review Request Form