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Classification

Classification is the process by which Paralympic athletes are placed in the most appropriate group for competing following an assessment of their impairment. Athletes with concerns relating to classification can speak, in confidence, to BAC staff who will provide appropriate advice and guidance, or signpost to the BPA where appropriate.

The UK Athlete Classification Code provides “support and advice” for athletes allowing them to report alleged abuse of the system independently of their governing body. Under the UK Athlete Classification Code, the BAC is responsible for:

  1. Respecting and abiding by the UK Athlete Classification Code
  2. Supporting the British Paralympic Association (BPA) to implement and review this Code in a manner that is athlete focused
  3. Supporting athletes to understand their rights and meet their responsibilities under this Code

The BPA has produced the following video to explain the purpose and process of Paralympic classification:

Here, the BPA’s Classification Manager, Iain Gowans, gives an overview of the process, the UK Athlete Classification Code, and athlete responsibilities around classification.

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