Multi Class swimming provides meaningful competition for swimmers with a disability.
Disabilities may vary from swimmer to swimmer, so to determine the impact of the impairment on a swimmer’s ability to compete in swimming, the swimmer is required to be classified.
From 2019, Multi Class competition will be integrated with individual events in all MSNSW Championship meets, but not including relay events at this stage.
How will MultiClass competition be integrated?
The integration of MultiClass competition with able-bodied Masters competition requires a change to how the overall competition results are calculated.
Whereas the existing Masters results system takes into account a swimmers age, it makes no allowance for a disability, and the existing MultiClass results system takes into account a swimmers disability, but makes no allowance for a swimmer’s age.
The method chosen to integrate the requirements of both systems, now on trial for individual events at the MSNSW LC & SC Championship meets in 2019, evaluates each swim and allocates points through a comparison of their swim time against the current World record using a modified FINA points formula.
Swimmer’s placings in each event for the MSNSW Long Course & Short Course Championships will now be ranked according to the above points calculation, rather than strictly on the time swum.
This means that while the relative placing amongst able-bodied swimmers within each age group will not change, MultiClass swimmers may be rewarded for a good swim in their classification by being advanced in the age group placings.
What is Classification?…read more…
Classifications group athletes according to the impact of their impairment on their ability to compete in the sport of swimming. The purpose of classification in Multi Class swimming is to minimise the impact of eligible impairment types on the outcome of competition so that athletes who succeed in competition are those with best anthropometry, physiology and psychology and who have enhanced them to best effect.
Some swimmers may already have a classification card, which simply means that they submit their classification when they register for a swim meet.
There are two steps to being classified.
- A provisional classification can be made while you wait for a formal face to face classification to be made.
- Apply for the face to face classification through MSNSW, which in turn works with SNSW to have a swimmer classified.
These may only occur 2 – 3 times per year, in which case the provisional classification may be a preferred first step option.
What are the different classes?
There are 16 classes in the swimming classification system which caters for a range of disabilities.
Each class has minimum eligibility requirements and swimmers must undergo specific Athlete Evaluation or Eligibility process to obtain a classification:
|Swimmers receive a class for each stroke discipline, and a prefix indicates which stroke the class applies to:|
|S||Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly|
For a new Provisional Classification, phone or email NSW Swimming.
SNSW MC Portal –https://nsw.swimming.org.au/swim/swim-for-life/disability
NOTE: There will be no change to the MSA Medical Disability system – MD’s will still apply.