What is Classification?

Athletes competing in disability sport need to be assessed in order to be "classified". Athletes are then grouped together with athletes of a similar disability in their chosen sport. This is done to make sure that everyone is competing fairly and against other athletes with a similar disability.

In learning disability there is just one classification group. To be classified as an athlete with learning disability (or intellectual disability as it is known internationally), the athlete must provide evidence to show that they are eligible.

Once classified each athlete is given a classification number and will be allocated to a disability group. Examples of these groups for athletes with learning disability are:

  • Swimming - S14
  • Athletics (Track) - T20
  • Athletics (Field) - F20
  • Table Tennis - T11

There are two levels of classification used in Great Britain:

(1) UK (for competitions in the UK only)
(2) International (for INAS events and some other international events, including the Paralympic Games and IPC sanctioned events)

The UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA) manages both levels of classification for all athletes from across the UK.