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.