Athletes with can compete in Para Athletics with a physical impairment if they have one or more of the following impairments.
||Example of Health Condition
|Limb loss or deficiency
||Amputation from trauma, cancer, Limb deficiency from birth
|Loss of muscle strength
||Spinal cord injury, Spina Bifida, Transverse Myelitis, Sacral Agenesis, Spinal Tumours, Erbs Palsy, Musculardystrophy
|Hypertonia, Ataxia or Athetosis
||Cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, Multiple sclerosis, cerebellar ataxia, Hereditary SpasticParaparesis or other conditions where hypertonia (spasticity, rigidity or dystonia), ataxia or athetosis are present
||Achondroplasia and similar conditions
|Joint movement restrictions
||Arthrogryposis, Talipes Equinovarus, joint fusions
|Leg length difference
||Significant difference in leg length
Athlete's who wish to compete as a Para Athlete with a physical impairment, must have a valid classification, There are three stages to classification. Provisional Classification, National Classification and International Classification. Please click here for more information on Physical Impairment Classification.
Stage 1: Provisional Classification
Provisional Classification, is the first stage of classification, this allows you to compete in club meets, and provincial / regional events. Athlete's can apply for a provisional classification remotely by downloading the below form and submitting it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Provisional Classification Form here
Stage 2: National Classification
National Classification is the second stage of classification for athletes with a Physical impairment. Athletes who wish to compete at national level events, such as NZ Secondary Schools, NZ Champs, Australian Championships etc. must hold a national level classification. To obtain a national classification Athletes must attend a face to face classification opportunity.
The next upcoming opportunity is in Hastings on December 1 at NZSSAA Championships
Please email email@example.com to enquire about this event
Stage 3: International Classification
International Classification is the final stage of Physical Impairment Classification. Athletes wishing to represent Athletics NZL at an international event must hold a World Para Athletics International Classification. There opportunities are conducted by World Para Athletics, with the next opportunity in March 2018 in Melbourne Australia.
Please click here for more information on International Classification