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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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Emma - Thoughts From an Alice Springs Athlete

Emma - Thoughts From an Alice Springs Athlete

Author: Anonym/Wednesday, 3 February 2016/Categories: News, 2016

Hi athletes!!!

Welcome to my new blog portal here on the Athletics Northern Territory Website, and thank you to for this opportunity! I am from Alice Springs and have been involved with Athletics NT for years, including competing in State Championships and at Arafura Games. The past few years I have really concentrated on my running and have represented the NT at many National events: Zatopek 10,000m (track), XC and Road. In 2013 I tried something new; I tried Mountain Running.

One of my Athletics Mentors suggested I give it a go after a 5,000m track race in Melbourne. I took the opportunity and challenge to try something new and trained up and down the only one major Mountain in Alice Springs. I went to Nationals in Canberra and ended coming 3rd (which was my first ever National medal!). This event also happened to double as the Selection trails for the Australian Team and with this bronze medal performance I was lucky enough to make the Australian Team! In September 2013, I represented Australia for the first time at the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland, which was a dream come true! The race, atmosphere, people and experience was amazing!

At Worlds I ended up finished 59th and crossed the line as the 1st Aussie! This meant I beat the girls who beat me at Nationals and I was the best Australian Mountain Runner in the World! Of course we were a Team and they are my dear friends, but Can you believe it! An Athletics NT girl! With only One Mountain to train on! You can achieve anything you put your mind too!

I have learnt soooo many things over the years, but one thing I want to share with you is ‘don’t be afraid to try something new, as you never know where it will take you’! My goal for 2014 is to make the Australian Team again and head to World’s once more, which are in Italy this year!! And of course I have a lot to do in between, like race in the USA, train in the Mountains in Colorado, compete at Nationals in Canberra which will hopefully secure my place in the team and run the Gold Coast Marathon in July!!! Watch this space and Go get your dream!




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