The Queensland School Sport Program offers students with a disability the opportunity to participate in an inclusive environment with their peers at a Regional, State and National level.
At a National level, athletes with a disability (AWD) are included in the 10-12 Years Track & Field exchange, 10-19 Years Swimming Championships, 10-19 Years Cross Country and in the Pacific School Games, when held. Athletes compete in Multi-class events (MCE). Athletes are selected from the State Championships in these events and included into the State teams.
MCE Managers are appointed using the same selection procedure as for all Managers and Coaches within Queensland School Sport.
It is important that students with disabilities are included into the School Sport program. It is equally important that the pathways are clearly identified for participation at the School, District and Regional level so that all students with a disability, who have sporting ambition, talent and ability, are given the opportunity to proceed.
Qualifying standards are calculated for each sport and available through the Regional School Sport Offices.
Please ensure that students with disabilities who compete within the School Sport program are compared to the suggested time for their disability classification and nominated for further competition, if they qualify.
The sports offered for athletes with a disability at the State level are Track & Field, Swimming and Cross Country. These sports are offered within the 10 - 12 years and the 13 - 19 years programs.
All students with an eligible impairment type must be classified if they wish to participate in representative school sport in Multi-class events.
Each sport has specific minimal disability for classification that a student must meet in order to be eligible for competition as an athlete with a disability. Athletes may be eligible for one sport but not another.
Not all students with a disability will meet the minimal disability criteria for a specific sport. If a student does not meet the criteria, they will not be eligible to compete in Multi-class events.
The classification system summary provides current classifications each with a short definition.
The Disability categories included are those specified under the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), International Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability (INASFID) and International Deaf Sports (IDS) classification processes – Intellectual Impairment (ID), Hearing Impairment (HI), Physical Impairment (PI) – including Cerebral Palsy (CP), Spinal Chord Injury (SC), Amputee (A), Les Autres(LA) and Visual Impairment (VI).
All Athletes in Multi-class events must be classified according to the international standard before competing at a State and National level.
A Classification step by step guide.pdf has been developed to enable student participation in Queensland school sport activities.