Albion Park Little Athletics Club aims to provide an inclusive environment in which barriers to involvement are removed and all people with a disability feel welcome and comfortable to participate.
People with a disability become involved in sport for exactly the same reasons as their able-bodied peers:
- Social contact
- Self esteem
- Increased skills
At a local level, athletes with a disability (Multi-class) can access regular activities at Albion Park Little Athletics on a Friday night. These athletes will follow a program specifically designed for athletes with a disability. The term Multi-class is used in Little Athletics as all classifications compete together and are scored by classification upon completion of their event.
In 2023/24 competitions with events for multi-class athletes include:
Albion Park Carnival Grand Prix – (October)
St Georges Basin Dragon Derby Grand Prix (November)
Shoalhaven Carnival Grand Prix (November)
Zone Championships (December)
Regionals Championships (February)
State Track and Field Championships (March)
For further information please contact APLAC
Classification is a way of grouping athletes of a similar impairment or disability for the purpose of competition. Classification exists to try and create a “fair” competition amongst athletes of different disabilities.
In Little Athletics, Athletes with a disability compete together but are given a percentage score based on their classification upon completion of their event. The highest percentage wins the event. The scoring system and further information can be found here.
The classification groups are as follows:
• T/F 01 Hearing impairment (Deaf Sport classes)
• T/F 11-13 Visual impairment (Paralympic Classes)
• T/F 20 Intellectual impairment (Paralympic Classes)
• T/F 31-34 Athletes with hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis who compete sitting (Paralympic Classes)
• T/F 35-38 Athletes with hypertonia, ataxia or athetosis who compete standing (Paralympic Classes) • Cerebral Palsy & Acquired Brain Injury (Paralympic Classes)
• T/F 40-41 Athletes with Short Stature (Paralympic Classes)
• T/F 42-46 & T47 Athletes with limb deficiency, muscle weakness or joint restrictions who compete standing (Paralympic Classes)
• T 51-54 Wheelchair (Track Events) (Paralympic Classes)
• F 51-57 Wheelchair (Field Events) (Paralympic Classes)
• T/F 60 Transplant Recipients (Transplant Sport classes)