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Classification

Classification is used to place athletes of similar ability or function into groups for the purpose of competition. Classification considers an athlete’s medical condition and physical, sensory and cognitive attributes to group them into classes. In Australia classification is used to ensure fair and meaningful competition at all levels.

Download the following resources for more information:

 

Get Classified

There are 16 classes in the swimming classification system which caters for a range of disabilities. Each class has minimum eligibility requirements and swimmers must undergo specific Athlete Evaluation or Eligibility process to obtain a classification. Swimmers receive a class for each stroke discipline, and a prefix indicates which stroke the class applies to;

 

Swimmers with Physical/Functional Impairment (Classes 1-10)

Swimmers are assessed through physical testing and water observations. Muscle strength, movement co-ordination, joint range of movement and limb/trunk length contribute to the allocation of classes. Classes range from swimmers with most significant physical impairment (Class 1) to those with minimal impairment (Class 10).

 

Swimmers with Vision Impairment (Classes 11-13) 

Ranges from Class 11 for swimmers who are blind to Class 13 for swimmers who are legally blind (i.e. acuity less than or equal to 6/60 or visual filed less than 20 degrees).

 

Swimmers with Intellectual Impairment (Class 14)

Swimmers with an IQ score of 75 or less; with significant limitations in adaptive behaviour expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills; acquired prior to 18 years of age.

 

Swimmers with Hearing Impairment (Class 15)

Swimmers who have a recognized hearing impairment according to the following ICSD standards; deaf, defined as a hearing loss of at least 55dB in the better ear 3FAHL.

 

Swimmers who have received a transplant (Class 16)

Any person having undergone invasive treatment of a non-cosmetic nature requiring organs and/or tissues (excluding blood) donated by another person.

 

For more information on the classes and eligibility requirements visit the Multi Class Engagement Portal on the Swimming Australia website here

 

National Classification Master List

The National Classification Master List is the official record of all Australian classified swimmers and is managed by Swimming Australia in agreement with classification system partners. Swimming Australia makes public certain classification information to assist athletes, coaches and meet organisers (e.g. swimmer name, state, date of birth, classes and status).

Download the Swimming Classification Master List from the Swimming Australia website here.

 

Classification Card

The Swimming Australia Classification Card is intended to assist the effective management of Multi Class Competitions. It provides an official record of an individual competitor’s classifications and any applicable rule exceptions. The Classification Card proves eligibility to compete in MC competition or other competition where classifications and rule exceptions are enforced.

The Swimming Australia Classification Card is issued to swimming club members who have an eligible swimming classification. Swimmers should be prepared to present their classification card to meet officials when competing. View more information including the online Application Form, here.

 

Swimming Codes of Exception for Multi-Class Events

Some swimmers are entitled to receive exceptions to the swimming rules and other considerations based on their classification. The exceptions prevent classified swimmers from being disqualified during Multi Class (MC) competition. These exceptions are determined during the classification process and are identified by a system of codes known as the Swimming Codes of Exceptions.

Download the Swimming Victoria Codes of Exceptions Fact Sheet.

To assist Technical Officials in competition Swimming Codes of Exceptions swing tags have been produced. Request one from Swimming Victoria.

Interested in becoming a Technical or Medical Classifier? 

In order to be eligible to become a Classifier the following criteria must be met:

1.   Pre-requisite Qualifications

i.    Medical Classifiers (perform medical assessment)

Currently registered medical professional (physiotherapist or medical doctor); with minimum 5 years clinical experience with people with physical disabilities.

ii.    Technical Classifiers (perform technical assessment)

Must hold a Bachelor or Master degree in sport science/ kinesiology / human movement science/physical education or other equivalent; as well as additional swimming expertise including study in Swimming, current Australian Bronze Swimming Coaching accreditation or other equivalent swimming experience. Holding only a coaching qualification or being an ex-athlete on its own is not sufficient.

2.    Trainees must have endorsement from State Associations eg. Swimming Victoria.

3.    Completion of the IPC Swimming Online Course

Further information about the classifier pathway and generic information about the role of classifier can be found in the documents below: 

 

Swimming Codes of Exception for Multi-Class Events

Some swimmers are entitled to receive exceptions to the swimming rules and other considerations based on their classification. The exceptions prevent classified swimmers from being disqualified during Multi Class (MC) competition. These exceptions are determined during the classification process and are identified by a system of codes known as the Swimming Codes of Exceptions.

Download the Swimming Victoria Codes of Exceptions Fact Sheet.

To assist Technical Officials in competition Swimming Codes of Exceptions swing tags have been produced. Request one from Swimming Victoria.

 

School Sport Victoria Classification

 

If you require a Classification to complete at school competitions, please refer to the information below:

 Please email: classification@vic.swimming.org.au if you have further queries about School Swimming Classification.

 

Multi Class Point Score (MCPS)

The Multi Class Point Score (MCPS) has been developed to provide a simplified way for swimmers and coaches to measure and compare performances. The MCPS is based on the World Record (WR) times for each classification. The MCPS is used for the JX and YPS programs, determing results in Multi Class competition, as well as team selection and qualifying standards. This provides a clearer development pathway for classified swimmers.

 

Athletes and Coaches

To determine point scores using Swimming Australia’s quick Online MCPS Calculators click here.

Meet organisers and officials

To download the MCPS Events Results Calculators click here.  

 

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