British Para Pathway

If you have a Physical, Sensory or Learning disability you may be eligible to be Classified and compete in Regional, National and International competitions. Grace Harvey is classified currently as S7, SB6, SM7 and Lottie Mills is classified as S8, SB7, SM8 both girls have the condition Cerebral Palsy and both girls have been on Talent Programmes.  Because their condition deteriorates they have to be classified every few years.  If you have a Physical Disability you will be classified between S1 and S10 (S1 being the most disabled and S10 the least disabled).  S12 and S13 are used if you have a Visual Impairment or Blind, S14 is used if you have an Intellectual (Learning) Disability and to be eligible for this you have a test which shows you have an IQ of 75 or lower and S15 is used for Hearing Impairment.

Once assessed you will be asked to complete an ID Tracker which means that British Swimming then know you are there.  When you are ready to be classified you then need to complete the Classification Application Form.

What happens next?  You will then be invited to attend a Classification Day which includes an assessment on land, in the water and then you have to take part in a Swimming Competition for the final observation.  In the morning, you will be checked over by the Doctor to see how you move on land, then a Technical Coach and the Doctor will look at your swimming skills in the pool. At this point they 'provisionally' give you a Classification, however you still need to race and show them how you swim under pressure in a competition, after they have seen this, they will agree and finalise your Classification numbers.  If you don't agree you have the right to appeal.

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