Para Sports Championship ready for next Wednesday

Para Volleyball para volleyball sitting training. Photo: VFF

Four days from now will be the 40th Para Sports Championship which will be held at the National Fitness and Evacuation Centre next Wednesday.

Sports played would be sitting volleyball, table tennis and petanque.

Fans, families and supporters if you have nothing to do next Wednesday make your way to the National Fitness and Evacuation Centre and support Para-Sports.

The Para-athletes have been training and preparing well for their much anticipated event and it is our task as public to support them.

About Para-Sport

Para-sport exists so that athletes with an impairment have equal opportunities to compete and be successful in sport.

The classification system for Para-sport groups athletes with similar impairments into categories for competition. Classification systems vary across Para-sports.

Who may be eligible to compete in Para-sport?

Athletes who may be eligible to compete in Para-sport must have an eligible physical, vision or intellectual impairment that leads to a permanent activity limitation.

Eligible physical impairments include ataxia, athetosis, hypertonia, joint restrictions, leg length difference, limb loss or deficiency, muscle weakness and short stature.

Athletes are required to provide medical documentation that details their impairment type and level of impairment. There are specific minimum impairment criteria that athletes must meet in order to be eligible for each sport. This is determined through a classification assessment.

Why is classification required?

Classification helps to ensure the type and severity of an athlete’s impairment has a minimal impact on the outcome of a race, event or match, meaning the fastest, strongest or best athletes in each class should succeed in their sport.

When is classification required?

To compete in Para-sport, you must undergo a sport-specific classification assessment and hold a classification class. This is not required for general participation or social involvement in Para-sport.

How do you get involved or get classified?

If you have a physical, vision or intellectual impairment and want to get involved in Para-sport or get classified, please contact your relevant state sporting organisation.

What is the role of a classifier?

A classifier assesses an athlete’s impairment to determine their sport class and sport class status according to the international classification rules for their sport.

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