The Independence Games will be using a classification system that integrates athletes of all disabilities i.e. those with a physical disability, visual impairment and intellectual disability.
All athletes with a physical and visual impairment wishing to compete against others with a similar disability must have a classification relevant to the sport. Classification is unique to disability sport and ensures that competition is fair and equitable. Classification ensures that an athlete meets minimal disability criteria and is grouped with other athletes with similar function in a specific sport.
At the 2012 Independence Games classification will be essential for those athletes who have competed prior and those athletes who do not have a current provisional or national classification will be required to submit a Provisional Classification form or Ophthalmologist form prior to competition. . These forms can be downloaded from http://www.paralympics.org.nz/classification.htm
The forms must be completed by a medical personnel or ophthalmologist and be sent to Paralympics New Zealand, no later than 4 weeks prior to competition, so that the Classification manager can process them an allocate a temporary class.
If this is the first Independence Games the athlete has competed in, classification will be optional but highly recommended for athletes with a physical and/or visual impairment. While it is the responsibility of each regional team manager to provide guidance and applications to obtain classification for the competitor from Paralympics New Zealand, the following are points to remember:
1. There are THREE classification forms (Intellectual Disability / Visual Impairment / Physical Disability). Only ONE form is required, even if the competitor lives with multiple disabilities. The form chosen should be for the disability which has the strongest impact on the competitor.
2. The more information included on the form the better.
3. If you have had a classification completed in a previous year you DO NOT need to complete this process again.
4. If no classification is provided on the registration form the competitor will be placed in the open section.
If you have any questions please contact Chloe Wickman on 07 858 5388, or email