Athletics State Level Classification For Athletes with a Physical Impairment

Athletics State Level Classification For Athletes with a Physical Impairment

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

What is Classification?
Classification is an assessment process, which allows us to group athletes whose disability causes similar limitations in
a particular sport in order to allow for meaningful competition.

What is Provisional National Athlete Evaluation?
This process has been designed to allow athletes (8 years or older) who do not have access to a full Classification panel, to gain an indication of whether they are eligible and where they may fit within the national Athletics classification system. The assessment of a provisional classification can be conducted by the athlete’s
physiotherapist or specialist.

The assessment form is then returned to Athletics Australia where by a certified medical classifier issues an outcome
based off the assessment which is conducted in line with International classification rules for Athletics.

A provisional classification is valid for competition up to and including state championships. If you wish to compete at
an Australian Championships, you will need a current National Level Classification Athletes who obtain a provisional
classification should attend a face to face classification with a national panel at the next available opportunity.

What if I do not agree with my provisional athlete evaluation?

If you disagree with a Provisional Athlete Evaluation outcome, the usual process would be to present for a face to face
athlete evaluation before a full classification panel. Provisional athlete evaluation, while endeavouring to be an
accurate indication of class, is a general guide only and may change upon face to face assessment by a full classification
panel.

STEP 1.
Complete SECTION 1: Athlete Details and Informed Consent
The athlete (or parent guardian if under 18 year of age) completes the athlete details and agrees to the terms in the
Informed Consent form in the attached.

STEP 2. Complete SECTION 2: Athletics Athlete Evaluation Sheet (National Provisional Athletics Classification Form)
Athletes are to make an appointment with a local physiotherapist or medical doctor to complete the attached forms
in SECTION 2. The Physiotherapist or Medical Doctor is to fill in SECTION 2.

STEP 3. Complete SECTION 3: Medical Diagnostics form. Your treating Specialist or medical doctor is to complete
the medical diagnostics form.

STEP 4. Application Submission: submit application to classification@athletics.org.au

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