Para swimming caters for three impairment groups – physical, visual and intellectual. The sport class names in swimming consist of a prefix S, SM or SB and a number. The prefixes stand for the event and the number indicates the sport class the athlete competes in during the respective event.
The prefixes stand for: S: Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke events; SM: Individual Medley; SB: Breaststroke. For more details, please download the following information sheet.
In Para sport classification provides the structure for fair and equitable competition to ensure that winning is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus – the same factors that account for success in sport for able-bodied athletes. The Para sport classification assessment process identifies the eligibility of each Para athlete’s impairment, and groups them into a sport class according to the degree of activity limitation resulting from their impairment. Classification is sport-specific as an eligible impairment affects a Para athlete’s ability to perform in different sports to a different extent. Each Para sport has a different classification system.