Para-Athletics Pathways

Para Athletics Pathways

Runner ready to start with his coach behind him


Classification is the system that “determines which athletes are eligible to compete in a sport and how athletes are grouped together for competition. This, to a certain extent, is similar to grouping athletes by age, gender or weight” (International Paralympic Committee). The classification system has been designed so that athletes who succeed in competition do so on the basis of their sporting ability including their technical skill, fitness, mental focus, and tactical ability. Athletes are classified according to their activity limitation resulting from their disability which is termed “impairment” in the context of classification.

Athlete preparing to toss shotput, wearing a Cruisers Sports t-shirt. Photo credit: @mgb4SPORTS

You do not have to be classified to participate!

Athletes do not have to classify, or be classified, to reap the benefits of being active and playing sport. A participatory classification can often be determined based on impairment type and description. A provisional evaluation is required to compete at National-level Championships.

Contact us to request an evaluation.

Find the Club or Program for You

Go all the Way

Athletes who wish to go the full distance of their abilities can find the right supports and tools at OCPSA.

Whether you represent a club or are on your own, you are welcome in our program.

We’re your go-to resource for staying informed about opportunities and meets, for equipment and tools, and for getting you where you want to be in your athletic career.

We know what you are capable of!