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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 info@ntathletics.org.au 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 (info@ntathletics.org.au) 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 - paul.mitchener@nt.gov.au

For all other enquiries, please contact the Club Coordinator - info@ntathletics.org.au

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Masters forgo Chocolate for Medals

Masters forgo Chocolate for Medals

Australian Masters Athletics Championships 2015

Author: Anonym/Sunday, 19 April 2015/Categories: News

 

The recent Easter long weekend saw 7 ‘Masters’ Athletes from the Northern Territory spend their time in Sydney (at Crest Bass Hill) competing at the 2015 Australian Masters Athletics Championships. This proved to be a very good option for the 7 Athletes with the team returning to Darwin with a combination of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for a total of 21!

 

The team comprising, of Athletes from around the Northern Territory, Nicole Simmonds, Darren Peacock, Phillip Russel, Jean-Remi Campion, Allan Long, Colin Heywood and Ian Healezwood had to endure some stunning and shocking Sydney weather conditions over the course of the weekend, making their results even more impressive. All Athletes have spent the wet season preparing for the National Event in Sydney proving that dedication does pay off.

 

Some amazing results with Colin Heywood’s 1500m walk getting an amazing 90.61% rating of the current world record for this event. This Championship also saw a number of new Northern Territory Masters Athletics records being created.

 

The Athletes also were able to partake in an Athlete/Coaches Forum with an outstanding panel of 3 who covered the importance of health screening prior to starting any training including strength, power and flexibility work. The team also enjoyed some down time with family and friends during the event and at the Awards Dinner held at the Bankstown Sport Club.

 

The 2015 Championship was historical as it recorded the largest registration with 690 participants. It was an amazing weekend with outstanding Northern Territory representatives and gracious hosts and officials from both NSW Masters and the Australian Masters Association. The performance from the Northern Territory team sets a high standard for future teams with the Championships to be held in Adelaide in 2016 and then in Darwin in 2017 over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

 

 

Full Results

Athlete

Club

Age

Event

Medal

Place

Performance

NT Record

Nicole Simmonds

KAC

35

Throws Pent

Silver

2

1867 points

New record

 

(wght throw)

8.73m

New record

 

60m

4

9.89

 

100H

Gold

1

22.72

 

SP

Bronze

3

8.19m

 

Discus

Bronze

3

25.79m

 

Hammer

Bronze

3

20.53m

 

Jav

Bronze

3

18.03m

 

Wght Throw

Bronze

3

8.57m

 

1500m Walk

Silver

2

11.34.74

 

Darren Peacock

DRW

35

800m

Bronze

3

2:08.19

 

1500m

Gold

1

4:25.30

 

50000m

Gold

1

16:05.72

 

8KM XC

Gold

1

27:51.00

??

 

Phillip Russell

ASRW

50

3Km Steeple

Gold

1

11:41.30

Record

 

HJ

5

1.35m

 

Pentathlon

Silver

2

2761 points

Record

 

 

J-R Campion

DAC

50

800m

11

2:35.64

 

1500m

13

5:31.44

 

5000m

9

20:50.08

 

Allan Long

DRW

55

5000m

Silver

2

17:48.43

 

10000m

Gold

1

36:52.36

 

3km Steeple

Gold

1

11:23.61

 

8Km XC

Silver

2

30:19.00

 

Colin Heywood

MAD

60

1500m Walk

Gold

1

7:08.43

Record

 

5000m Walk

Gold

1

25:32.01

Record

 

10000m RW

Gold

1

53:40

Record

 

Ian Heazlewood

DAC

60

Shot

9

8.20m

 

Discus

7

27.90m

 

Javelin

9

23.06

 

Hammer

8

22.56

 

Throws Pen

6

??

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