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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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Northern Territory Athletics 3rd Annual Awards Dinner

Northern Territory Athletics 3rd Annual Awards Dinner

Rewards for effort

Author: Anonym/Sunday, 25 October 2015/Categories: News, Event, 2015, Other

The Athletics Northern Territory community, invited guests and sponsors all heard some of the amazing achievements from our members over the past 12 months which included new Northern Territory Records, National Records, Australian Representation and the Northern Territory’s first World Championship Medal.

Kayla Costello from the Katherine Athletics Club won the Junior Female of the year award. She was a Northern Territory Representative at the 2014 School Sport Championships. Kayla was also selected to participate in the AIS Athletes Talent Day earlier this year which see her travel to Melbourne following the 2015 School Sport Championships, in Canberra, to participate in the Raise the Bar Program run by Athletics Australia.

Senator Nova Peris OAM presented the Male and Female Masters Athlete of the year to Maggie Roberts (MAD Frogs) who has just returned from the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships in the Cook Island with 7 Medals and Colin Heywood (MAD Frogs) who took Bronze earlier this year in Lyon at the World Masters Athletics Championships in the 20km Road Race Walk.

Senator Peris also spoke about her time as an elite athlete and told the Athletes at the dinner to just ‘dream big and believe it could happen’. That is exactly what Drew Blair who took out the Junior Male Athlete of the year is doing.

Drew told us it is his ‘aspiration and life time ambition is to compete and represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics’. Drew took Gold in every event he competed in at the 2015 Northern Territory Athletes Championship and at 16 was the youngest entrant in the Elite Field at the recent Mitchell Street Mile taking out 9th Place.

Hollie Henderson from the Katherine Athletics Club and Jack Logan of Rural Athletics Centre took out the Female and Male Para Athlete of the Year awards. Hollie has spent 2015 focusing on National events and excelled with a new Australian Record at the National Junior Championships earlier this year in the under 20 T36 Javelin at just 16 years of age. Jack is aiming for big things at the 2015 All Schools Championships in December being his first National Competition. The recent New Zealand Paralympic team camp in Darwin has given Jack an extra boost of confidence to head onto the track having met other athletes with the same classification competing at an international level.

Hon Gary Higgins MLA Minster of Sport and Recreation presented Andrea Foot of the Palmerston Athletics Club with the Female Athlete of the Year. Brad White of the Alice Springs Runners and Walkers Club took the Male Athlete of the year over Darwin’s Darren Peacock. Brad has just returned from Wales where he was a member of the Australian World Mountain Running Championship Team. He placed 4th at the National Mountain Running Championships and competed in the 3200m and 1600m events at the famed Stawell Gift in April. Back in the Territory Brad also took Gold in the 10km event at the Alice Springs Running Festival (in August) the Rapid Ascent 11km Stage 1 and the Dessert Sport Foundation 1000m.

Other awards of the night went to

Anita Wickremasena of Palmerston Athletics Club for Administrator/Volunteer of the year

Roger Chin of Rural Athletics Centre for Official of the Year

Klaus Roth of Darwin Runners and Walkers for Coach of the Year

Emma Kraft of Alice Springs Walkers and Runner took out the coveted Don Dick Award for Services to the sport of Athletics in the Northern Territory. Emma who is an Athlete and competed at the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships has battled a spate of injuries in 2015 and has spent the majority of the year in a support and mentoring role with Athletes of all levels across the Territory and in National Teams, this saw her selected as the Team Manager for the Australian 2015 World Mountain Running team.


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