IPC and the Paralympic Movement

The IPC is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its members are National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), International Sport Federations (IFs), International Organizations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSDs), and Regional Organizations. The IPC acts as the IF for a number of sports. IOSDs may act as the IF for a number of sports.

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) Classification Roles and Responsibilities

All PNZ member Para sports’ classification activities must comply with the specific IF Classification Rules which in turn, comply with the IPC Code. 

PNZ, as the national affiliated member to IPC and a signatory to the IPC Code, is accountable to the IPC for the following national classification activities: 

  • Ensure that National Federation Classification Rules conform to the Code, through their IF Classification Rules and make recommendations for Compliance with the Code
  • Developing and implementing a policy for its members to comply with the Code and establish procedures to address non-Compliance
  • Promoting the development of a National Classification Strategy.

PNZ Classification Strategy

The PNZ Classification Strategy will lead and support PNZ Member Sports to build the capacity to develop and implement classification activities to support Para athletes with physical, intellectual and visual impairment in their pathway to medal winning performances.

NZ Para Sport Classification Strategy

The PNZ Para Sport Classification Strategy will lead and support Member Sports with strong collaborative working relationships with, but not limited to: the IPC; IFs; Oceania Paralympics Committee; National Paralympic Committees; PNZ Member Sports; classifiers; athletes and support personnel; officials; coaches and event organizers.

The Para Sport Classification Strategy will work collaboratively within a Supra-National Strategy, to provide classification support to underdeveloped Oceania Region Nations.

This strategy will ensure that Member Sports work towards having an IPC Athlete Classification Code compliant standard of operation and accountability with leadership and support from the National Classification Programme.

The National Classification Program

NZ Para Sport Classification Programme

The National Classification Programme will provide a National Athlete Classification Code, High Performance Programme support and resources to ensure there is Code compliance by Member Sports, through the implementation of their IF Classification Rules and Regulations.

PNZ Athlete Classification Code and Standards

PNZ Athlete Classification Code and Standards

The PNZ Athlete Classification Code (The PNZ Code) is a fundamental document upon which classification in New Zealand is based; the purpose of which is to uphold confidence in classification and promote participation by a wide range of athletes with differing impairment types and abilities. The PNZ Code details procedures and policies common across all Para sports and sets the principals for all PNZ member Sports to comply with the IPC Athlete Classification Code (the Code), through their International Federation (IF) Classification Rules and Regulations. The PNZ Code intends to achieve standardization but be general enough to permit flexibility regarding the implementation of its principles. 

The PNZ Classification Standards are the technical and operational requirements for classification within New Zealand and these must directly reflect, and be in compliance with, the sport specific IF Classification Rules, which in itself, is in direct compliance with the Code. The PNZ Standards relate to:

  • Eligible Impairments
  • Athlete Evaluation
  • Protests and Appeals
  • Classifier personnel and training
  • Classification data protection