Classification is an assessment process that separates athletes with similar levels of functional ability into groups or ‘classes’, so that they can compete in fair and equal competitions.
The same principle applies in able-bodied sports where athletes are classified according to age, gender or weight divisions to allow for as fair competition as possible.
Each sport has its own classification system to reflect its specific athletic skills and requirements. This means that athletes with a disability who compete in more than one sport will receive a different classification for each sport.
During the classification process, a trained classifier assesses an athlete’s eligibility to compete in disability sport based on how their impairment influences their sporting ability.
Note: Classification is not required for general participation in disability sport, such as playing social wheelchair basketball.
Download our classification fact sheet for more information about classification for athletes with different types of disabilities.
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association holds classification days throughout the year for people with a disability to be assessed. There is no charge to Association members for a classification assessment.
For athletes unable to attend an official classification day, or seeking classification before the next classification day, we offer a provisional classification service. Please note the forms below are for provisional classifications coordinated through Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association. Refer to our classification fact sheet for more details.
- Provisional classification guidelines
- Provisional classification form (not to be used for swimming or athletics)