Athletics has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1960 and events are open to male and female athletes in all impairment groups eligible for Paralympic sport.
Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event and these events are continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.
Para-Athletics is governed internationally by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee is the National Federation for the sport. Through a mainstreaming Agreement, the APC funds Athletics Australia to deliver the Paralympic Preparation Program.
- Track – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, 4X100m, 4X400m
- Field – Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Club Throw, Long Jump, High Jump
- Road – Marathon
- Combined – Pentathlon
Who is eligible for Athletics? Athletes with a physical impairment, vision impairment or intellectual impairment.
What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability. Athletes are given classifications with a prefix T or F to indicate the different events, T indicates track events and F indicates field events.
How do I get a classification? Find out more about seeking an Athletics Classification.
Classification Rules, Forms, Policies and Procedures: View International and National Athletics Classification resources.
Classification Masterlist: Athletics Australia manages the National Athletics Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been classified as per IPC Classification Rules or APC/AA Classification Policy.
Rules & Equipment
Many athletics events require specific sports equipment for example, the discus, shot or javelin. In addition athletes may use certain assistive devices as specified in the IPC Athletics rules. This technology continues to advance at a rapid rate.
Wheelchairs are considered sports equipment in track and field events. Athletics wheelchairs tend to be very lightweight. The dimensions and features of wheelchairs are clearly specified in the IPC Athletics rules.
Prosthetic devices may be used by amputees. These have been specifically developed to withstand the demands of sports competition. IPC rules require the use of leg prostheses in track events; however, the use of prostheses in field events is optional.
Rope tethers or other devices may be used by runners with a visual impairment to link with their sighted guides. Acoustic devices (or a sighted “caller”) may be used to indicate take-off in jumping events, throwing target areas, etc