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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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Hollie Shows How It Is Done

Hollie Shows How It Is Done

Hollie Henderson Scores a Bronze at Australia Junior Athletics Championships

Author: Anonym/Wednesday, 25 March 2015/Categories: News

After 7 years of competitions and 3 Australian Junior Athletics Championships Hollie Henderson continues to blow us away with her results. In what can only be described as an incredible championship Hollie at 16 years of age competed in the under 20 para-athlete events at the recent Australian Junior Athletics Championships coming away with PB’s and a new National Junior record. In the Discuss Hollie gained a new PB of 9.74m and in the Javelin came away with a Bronze Medal scoring a new PB and Australian Junior Record with a throw of 6.45m.


Hollie a Para athlete from the Katherine Athletics Club (KAC) has a classification of T/F 36, T/F meaning Track or Field and 36 is the classification of the level of Cerebral Palsy. Athletes classed as a 36 like Hollie have poor co-ordination (ataxia) or involuntary movements (athetosis) in all four limbs.


Hollie loves training and competing at Local, Territory and National competitions with her favourite event being the 100m. Involved in athletics for 7 years she has figured out the success formula very early in her career is just have fun. No matter if it is at a KAC Friday night competition, heading to Darwin for a Territory Competition or travelling her way around the Nation at an Athletics Australia Competition Hollie’s aim is to run fast, jump high, throw far but most of all to have as much fun as possible.


Hollie Henderson Australian Junior Athletics Championships 11th March – 14th March 2015 results:

Long Jump: unsuccessful at a clean jump

Javelin: Throw of 6.45m – New PB, Australian Junior Record (T/F 36) Bronze Medal

Discuss: Throw of 9.74m – New PB

Shot put: Throw of 3.38m

100m: 34.92 sec


Hollie is the first NT Athlete to make the trek to Nationals in 2015. Home grown hero Crystal Attenborourgh is in Brisbane this weekend competing at the 93rd Australian National Championships and a team of dedicated Master Athletes will be heading to Sydney over the Easter weekend for the Australian Master Championships.


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