Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in Paralympic sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage in sport.
Consequently, a system has to be put in place to minimize the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.
There are three types of classification: physical (S1-S10), visual (S11-S13) and intellectual (S14). More information on the types of classification can be found on the ASA website by clicking here.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) website also contains some useful information on swimming classifications. You can find this information by clicking here.
The ASA employ a number of Para-Swimming Pathway Officers to support classification and the development of Disability swimming. Chris Armstrong is the Para-Swimming Pathway Officer for the North East and he can be contacted on the details below: