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Multi-class athletes

​​​Athletes and swimmers with disabilities have an equal opportunity to compete and be successful in the representative school sports of Swimming, Cross-country and Athletics (also known as Track and Field) and compete as multi-class athletes.

Multi-class athletes compete based on classifications that group athletes and swimmers who have similar impairments together into classes for competition in their particular sport.

Each multi-class sport has a different classification system.

There are specific minimal impairment criteria that athletes must meet in order to be eligible for the sport and the relevant disability classification. This is determined through a classification assessment.

In Australia, there are 3 levels of classification:

Provisional: for multi-class athletes who compete at club, school or regional competition and do not have access to a sport specific classification panel.

National: for multi-class athletes who have access to a recognised sport specific classification panel, and compete at state or national championships.​

International: for athletes who are elected for international competition.

School Sport Classification

For more information on opportunities available for students in representative School Sport, visit the Queensland School Sport and the School Sport Australia​ Websites.

The representative school sport program offers multi-class athletes the opportunity to participate in an integrated environment with their peers at regional, state and national levels.

These sports are offered within the 10-12 years and 13-19 years sports programme.

Please contact your school sports co-ordinator or school principal for more information about the representative school sport program for multi-class athletes.