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Athletics Classification System

In sport, classification exists so that athletes compete in fair and equal competition. Most sports have simple classification systems that group athletes according to age, gender or weight. In Paralympic Sport, the wide range of sports and disabilities create unique classification systems. Paralympic classification groups athletes according to how their disability impacts on their sport. Athletes compete against others with similar disabilities, so that the athletes who succeed do so on the basis of athletic performance. In Australia, classification is a free service that is available to any athlete that wishes to compete against others with a similar disability.

Classification is not a requirement for general participation in athletics and all athletes are also encouraged to participate and compete in mainstream opportunities where appropriate. For full details regarding the classification system in Australia please refer to the Athletics Australia Classification Policy and Procedures.

Get Classified

There are a range of disability groups eligible to compete within the Australian athletics system as an athlete with a disability. These disability groups are separated into varying classifications to ensure fair competition. The classification groups are as follows:

T/F 01 - Hearing impairment (Deaf Sport classes)

T/F 11-13 - Visual impairment (Paralympic Classes)

T/F 20 - Intellectual impairment (Paralympic Classes)

T/F 31-38 - Cerebral Palsy & Acquired Brain Injury (Paralympic Classes)

T/F 40-46 - Amputees & Short Stature (Paralympic Classes)

T 51-54 - Wheelchair (Track Events) (Paralympic Classes)

F 51-58 - Wheelchair (Field Events) (Paralympic Classes)

T/F 60 - Transplant Recipients (Transplant Sport classes)

Each disability group has a set of minimal disability criteria that an athlete must meet in order to be eligible to compete as an athlete with a disability. Athletes must undergo specific Athlete Evaluation or Eligibility processes to obtain a classification. Evaluation and Eligibility processes are outlined in the Athletics Australia Classification Policy and Procedures. 

Eligible Athletes are able to receive a Classification for both track and field. A prefix indicates which discipline the classification applies to. The prefix ‘T’ indicates the classification for Track events. The prefix ‘F’ indicates the classification for Field events.

To register for your interest in being classified for the Paralympic classes contact the Australian Paralympic Committee. To register your interest in being classified for Deaf Sport classes contact Deaf Sports Australia. To register your interest in being classified for Transplant sport classes contact Transplant Australia.

Get classified in darwin
Our next classification opportunity for AWD athletes with Physical Impairments is from the 30th August-1st September 2018, in conjunction with the start of NT Champs. Please contact for a registration form.
Multi Class Competition

Many Schools, Clubs and Associations conduct events for athletes with a disability, but do not have sufficient numbers in each classification to hold competition events just for athletes in that l classification. As a result, athletes with a disability are often combined into one event which caters for athletes across a wide variety of disabilities and classifications. In this situation all athletes are generally grouped together in one of four separate categories;

  • Ambulant Track; athletes who can compete on the track standing
  • Wheelchair Track; athletes who use a wheelchair to compete on the track
  • Ambulant Field; athletes who can compete in a field event standing
  • Wheelchair Field; athletes who use a wheelchair to compete in a field event

In order to compete in Multi Class competition athletes must have an eligible classification. Event results are determined using the Multi Disability Scoring Tables (MDS). The MDS tables have been developed by Athletics Australia for use at underage competitions within Australia at all levels from school age to National Championships. For open competition World Records for each individual Classification are used to determine results for multiclass events.

AWD Competition opportunities

There are many competition opportunities for athletes with a disability.

1. Club nights - contact the specific club in your area to find out more.

2. Territory Track Time - Any AWD can participate in these events. Contact the Club Coordinator ( for more details on how to become involved.

3. NT Champs - Held in September each year, AWD's are encouraged to participate at this, one of the biggest competitions out of the Territory Track and Field season

4. Out of Stadium - If you fancy yourself as a bit of a fun runner, you can participate in our Darwin or Alice Springs based runners and walkers clubs. Visit the clubs tab for more information and clubs contacts. 

Contact Details
For information on coaching, please contact Paul Mitchener -

For all other enquiries, please contact the Club Coordinator -



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Territory Track Time

Territory Track Time

Author: Anonym/Sunday, 15 March 2015/Categories: News, Athletics Northern Territory Competitions

Territory Track Time (TTT) hosted by Athletics Northern Territory gives all athletes 12 years (as of the 31st of December 2015) and up the opportunity to compete in an exciting and innovative twilight track and field meet. Held over a series of rounds from March till August, the monthly events give athletes the opportunity to compete alongside other club athletes and athletes from all around the Northern Territory.

The first Territory Track Time will be held on the 20th of March, the program below displays the times and events for the competition.






High Jump




400/Long Jump


Requests for any other events to be held at conclusion of the above timetable. Priority given to athletes competing in Junior or Masters Nationals and All Schools.


Territory Track Times are used to get all athletes 12+ ready for elite competitions including the Northern Territory Championships and National level competitions.

Marshalling –There will be a dedicated marshalling area for TTT where athletes will be required to go prior to their event. Track event athletes will be required to go to the marshalling area 10 minutes prior to their event, Jump athletes will be required 15 minutes and Field event athletes will be required at the marshalling area 20 minutes prior to the event. From the marshalling area the official for the event will walk you out to your designated area for your event. This will not only give athletes the experience of an elite event it will also allow for better management of the Territory Track Time competition.

Registrations – Registrations will be done on the day. They will close of 30 minutes before the dedicated time of the event. If you’re registered with one of the nine athletics clubs in the Northern Territory the competition is free of charge. However if you’re a casual competitor who is NOT registered with a club, it will cost $10 for the first event and $5 for every event afterwards.

Simultaneous Event Sheet – a simultaneous event sheet or clash form is required to be completed by all athletes who are competing in two events which are scheduled at the same time. The sheet is given to the officials to notify them of your alternate event. Track events will triumph jump and throw events.

Scratch Form – If you are no longer going to compete in an event you have registered for you are required to complete a scratch form. This is given to officials to notify them of your removal from your event.

Results ­– All track results will be recorded on photo finish. The results will be put onto our website and up on our noticeboard outside of the Northern Territory Athletics Office


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact

TJ –


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