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What is Classification?
Athletes competing in Para sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage in sport. Classification provides a structure for fair and equitable competition within the Paralympic Movement.
It groups athletes with disabilities into sports classes according to how much their impairment affects their ability to carry out the fundamental activities in a specific sport.
The purpose of classification is to define who competes in Para sport and to ensure that the impact of impairment in each event is minimized.
Classification ensures the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus.
For more information on classification visit www.paralympics.org.nz/Pathway/Classification.
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