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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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Results are in

42nd NT Powerade City2Surf

Author: Anonym/Thursday, 18 June 2015/Categories: News

Included in the field this year were members of the Indigenous Marathon Project, a Platoon of Marines from the Robertson Barracks, a team from the Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation in East Arnhemland, local, national and a couple of international visiting runners and walkers.


Chief Minister Adam Giles started the 12km event from outside the Doubletree by Hilton on the Esplanade. Participants were then lead by a lead bike down Daly Street out to Fannie Bay onto Dick Ward Drive turning left onto Progress drive meeting up with Casuarina drive and finishing outside the Nightcliff Pool.


Darren Peacock and Pippa Featherston defended their 2014 titles successfully taking out the 12km male and female events. ‘This is the first time in the history of the event we have had both event claimed by defending champions and it is great for the Northern Territory as both are local and involved in local Athletic Programs’ said John Bowden (Athletics NT General Manager). They will now be off to represent the Northern Territory at the Townsville Running Festival with flights, accommodation and entry as part of their prizes.


Bowden also said ‘it was fantastic to see all the hard work of Barb and Akuhata pay off’. Barb and Akuhata Rewi had been following the ConocoPhillips Training Programs with the support of John over the past 8 weeks. This was the second run of its kind that Barb had ever done with Akuhata having completed a few back in New Zealand. Speaking with them on Monday after the event Barb told us ‘I expected to be sore afterwards but I think following the training guide and taking the advice of everyone about warming down and stretching really helped. I’m even considering doing another one this year now I know I can’.


For the second year we had the final leg of the ConocoPhillips Marathon4Kids at the NT Powerade City2Surf. With around 4500 children involved in this 8 week program we saw many children being cheered on by those who had already finished their event for the day. Tatjana Linklater Development officer for Athletics Northern Territory who deliver the program said ‘The children who came and finished off their final 1.195km of the ConocoPhillips Marathon4Kids program had a great time and really enjoyed all the support given to them by the Adult competitors as they finished their program. Some of these children got so involved in their running they participated in both the Marathon4Kids and the 4km event, this saw them run just over 5km for the entire day’.


Other winners of the events on the day included:

4km Event

Over 18 Male: Anthony McCourt (who ran the entire way pushing his 2 children in a pram)

Over 18 Female: Andrea Foot (An Athletics Northern Territory Member from Alice Springs)

Under 18 Male: John Donnan

Under 18 Female: Reon Stewart


12km Event

Under 18 Male: Jack Whitehead

Under 18 Female: Natarsha Wheelen

Over 18 Male: Darren Peacock

Over 18 Female: Pippa Featherston


Other Prizes for the day included:

Largest Corporate Team (Large): ConocoPhillips

Largest Corporate Team (Small): Mammout

Largest Charity Team: Crossfit Palmerston Running for Canteen (who helped raise over $6000 for Canteen in the Northern Territory)

Largest Family & Friends Team: jointly won by Chandler Team and Van Team

Largest Sporting Group: Jointly won by Running Mums Australia and Waratah Womens

Dont forget to head to Marathon Photos to check out your photos from the day and download your finishers certificate.

Full results available at 

For further information please contact Sarah Walker Athletic Northern Territory Events & Marketing Coordinator on or 0437770056


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