No Limits - Swimming Classification for students with disability
ACC students with a classifiable disability are now able to compete in the ACC Divisional Swimming Carnivals held at HBF Stadium, alongside members of their interschool swimming team. However, to compete, these students must hold a multi-class swim classification appropriate to their disability.
On their carnival day, the classified swimmers will marshal and compete in an outside/free lane within their age group (excluding Div 1 events). However, if they have already qualified as part of the school swim team, they would remain in their designated school lane. If there are no free lanes in an event then an extra event will be added to the program to enable the No Limits swimmers to compete.
All disabled students that wish to compete must complete the No Limits nomination form by the 26 February. Please complete a new form for each student being nominated. Only students with a classification code may nominate.
Personal swim results for classified swimmers will be recorded and collated. However, no points will be allocated to the swimmers school team results. The exception is only those swimmers that are competing as both a No Limits classified swimmer and a mainstream swimmer for their school.Obtaining a Provisional Classification:
Each disability (Vision, Physical, Intellectual…) requires a different Provisional classification process. These forms are to be completed by both parents and/or treating doctors and physiotherapists. An information sheet on the Para Swimming classification process is available at this link.
Some students may already have a swimming classification or have the information required to complete one. This will make the process easy and efficient.
NOTE: All classification processes are different for different disabilities.
This needs only to be completed by those students who wish to participate in the mainstream carnivals and may want to continue on the pathway of competitive and/or club swimming.Online classification Form
The process in Swimming is very similar to that of Athletics. The athlete will need to provide medical documentation stating that they have an eligible impairment for classification. This will then open the way for that athlete to undertake a face to face evaluation to become eligible to compete in Multi Class competition.PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT CLASSIFICATION
There are 2 options for physical impairment classification as outlined below:Provisional Classification
The athlete is assessed by their own physiotherapist to undertake a series of testing (provided in the paperwork) and this will be sent in along with footage of the athlete to then be evaluated by a classifier. The outcome of this assessment allows them to compete at a Club / Inter Club / Regional level only. Schools allow provisional classifications to progress higher up to National levels. There is a provisional functional classification information kit available at this link.
Completed Physical Classification Forms MUST be taken to a trained classifier/Physiotherapist to assist in the completion of tests.
WA Contact: Cottesloe Sports Physiotherapy-Cindy Davis
110 Napier Street, Cottesloe
(08) 92861000National Classification
This is the same process as the provisional classification though is done in a face to face assessment with trained classifiers. This will allow the swimmers to compete up to a National level in Swimming Australia competitions.VISION IMPAIRMENT - CLASSIFICATION
For those with a vision impairment this will be done via the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) and all paperwork goes through them.
There is a fact sheet on vision impairment classification available at this link.
Refer to the following online classification links for more information.
Intellectual impairment is done via Sport Inclusion Australia (SIA). If students already have eligibility for other sports in this category they will be able to provide their SIA number. This can be added to the Swimming Australia master list to show eligible MC swimmers. There is an Ausrapid National Eligibility form available at this link.HEARING IMPAIRMENT CLASSIFICATION
Hearing Impairment is done via Deaf Sports Australia (DSA). The Online link will enable students to initiate classification and DSA will notify Swimming Australia and WA of the outcome of an auditory assessment.TRANSPLANT CLASSIFICATION
The Transplant category is completed via Transplant Australia.
If you have any students wishing to get classified, please ask students and parents to work through the following link which will take them through to the MC Portal. This will send all their information through to Swimming WA and nationally to Michael Anderson (National Swimming Classification) to follow up online and sent applications.
Online classification Form
Once completed, please forward all information to the appropriate organisation listed above.FURTHER INFORMATION
In terms of further information there is more online at: https://www.swimming.org.au/Multi-class-swimming/Get-classified.aspx
Local Classification contacts:
Amy Perrie (Swimming WA, 08 93284599) firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Anderson (National Swimming Classification Michael.Anderson@swimming.org.au
Denver D’Cruz (Inclusion WA) email@example.com
Please contact the ACC Administration and Inclusion Officer ASAP if you require more information about specific multi-class classifications for your students with a disability.