Secondary School Sport Classification

All Para athletes with a Physical, Intellectual or Visual impairment wishing to compete against others with an impairment at a regional or national secondary school event must have a Para sport classification. Classification is a unique and integral part of all the Para sports. Classification will determine who is eligible to compete in Para athletics and it groups the eligible athletes in sport classes according to their activity limitation in the sport.

Secondary School Para athletes who do not hold a National or International Para sport classification must have completed and submitted a Provisional Classification Form for Physical Impairment (PI), Intellectual Impairment (II) or Visual Impairment (VI) when entering Regional or National Secondary School Championship.

Find Medical Forms and Provisional Classification forms for PI, II and VI here.

All Provisional Classification forms are to be submitted to the Classifications Manager at Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) classification@paralympics.org.nz who will verify eligibility of provisional classification forms and allocate a “provisional” class and status for PI, II and VI athletes.

Provisional Classification

Provisional classifications are temporary classifications allocated to an athlete and are valid until such time the athlete can be classified by a National Classification panel or a maximum of four years or until such time they leave school. 
Provisional classifications may be allocated by:

  • A classifier in a face to face consultation in conjunction with a medical certificate of diagnosis
  • A classifier on receipt of a medical diagnosis declaration and provisional classification form

A provisional classification is valid for a limited period of time, and may be subject to change upon National Classification assessment by the sports specific classification panel.

Forms can be downloaded at here and must be returned to the PNZ Classifications Manager at classification@paralympics.org.nz.

National Classification

National classification may take place prior to NZ Secondary Schools Championships and if required. All athletes must have a National Classification to receive a New Zealand record. 

Requests for National Classification must be made to the PNZ Classification Manager at least eight weeks prior to the National championship at classification@paralympics.org.nz.