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Multi Class Event Nominations – ACC Age Championship Swimming Carnivals

ACC students with a disability can nominate to compete in the ACC Age Championship Swimming Carnivals on the appropriate day for their age category. All students are welcome to compete whether they hold a Multi Class swimming classification or not. Students must be able to swim 50m to participate in the Multi Class events. There are no qualifying times or limits on the number of individual entries from each school for Multi Class Swimmers.

On their carnival day, swimmers will marshal and compete in the programmed Multi Class events which includes 50m Freestyle, 50m Breastroke, and 50m Backstroke. However, if they have achieved the ACC swimming qualifying time, they will have the option of swimming with their age category.

Individual swim results for classified swimmers will be recorded and collated. However, no points will be allocated to the swimmers’ school team results. The exception is only those swimmers that are competing as both a Multi Class swimmer and an age category swimmer for their school.

Only participants with a Multi Class Swimming Classification will be eligible for ACC records and All Stars Team selection. Participants without a classification will still receive a time for their own performance.

At each ACC Age Championship Swimming Carnival, all Multi Class swimmers will compete against each other for a gold, silver, and bronze medal in each programmed Multi Class event. Multi Class results are calculated according to the student’s classification using the Multi Class Point Score Calculator (MCPS). This score is based off the World Record for their classification, awarding points to the competitor according to how close they are to the World Record. This means that the first Multi Class swimmer to touch the wall will not necessarily be the winner.

There will be one Inclusive Sport Program gold medal awarded to the first-place non-classified swimmer.

All Multi Class Swimming results will be forwarded to Swimming WA with swimmer’s times considered for development and state team selection.

 

Swimming WA Classification Categories:

Classifications 1-10: People with a physical impairment

Classifications 11-13: People with a visual impairment

Classification 14: People with an intellectual impairment

Classification 15: People with a hearing impairment

Classification 16: People with a transplant

Classification 17: Transition classification

Classification 18: People with a significant other impairment (eg. Down Syndrome)

Classification 19: People with High Functioning Autism

 

Swimming WA Classification Process:

Swimming Australia has simplified the process of getting classified through the Multi Class Swimming Engagement Portal. By completing a few short questions, the portal will help you determine if your student might be eligible to be classified. From there you’ll be provided with the information you need to go and get classified.

Access the Multi Class Swimming Engagement Portal here: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/43058918602962

Organisations involved with classification processes:

  • Physical Impairment: Swimming WA
  • Visual Impairment: Specialist & Australian Paralympic Committee
  • Intellectual Impairment: Swimming WA & Sport Inclusion Australia
  • Hearing Impairment: Deaf Sports Australia
  • Transplant: Transplant Australia
  • Autism & other impairments: Swimming WA & Sport Inclusion Australia

 

Physical Impairment Classification Types

Provisional: allows the individual to compete at school & club level. To obtain a provisional classification, students must complete sections 1-4 of the Provisional Evaluation Kit, & attach a copy of a report or letter from a medical doctor stating the students diagnosed medical condition with their application. Please contact either Grace or Rebecca on their email address below for a Provisional Evaluation Kit for physical impairments.

National: performed by a medical & technical classifier & allows students to compete at National level competition. These are organised quarterly in WA & are free of charge.

 

Intellectual Impairment / Down Syndrome / Autism 

Sport Inclusion Australia have provided a summary table of the sport eligibility criteria for individuals with an intellectual impairment, down syndrome, or autism:

https://sportinclusionaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SIAElegibilityInfo.pdf

  

Additional Information

For more information on multi class swimming, visit the following link:

https://wa.swimming.org.au/resources/athlete-services/multi-class-swimming

Alternatively, you can contact the ACC Inclusion & Participation Officer: Rebecca Del Pup: Rebecca.delpup@cewa.edu.au

Or the Swimming WA Development & Inclusion Officer: Grace Hull: classification@wa.swimming.org.au