Swimming Victoria and Swimming Australia are committed to a swimming for all philosophy, with a focus on creating opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in the sport. Swimming provides many opportunities for people with disability to get involved. One of these opportunities is Multi Class Swimming.
Multi Class (MC) events see swimmers with a range of disabilities competing in the same race. In order to compete in MC competition swimmers must have an eligible classification. Swimmers race against the world record time in that event for their classification. The winner of the race is not always who touches the wall first, but the swimmer who posts the highest point score (i.e. a time closest to the world record for their classification). Swimmers may be granted certain exceptions to the swimming rules in order to compete fairly. This allows for meaningful and fair competition for all swimmers.
Swimming also offers a great avenue for other involvement in the sport such as officiating or volunteering.
For more information visit the Swimming Victoria website: