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:
Swimming Australia has developed the Multi-Class Swimming Engagement Portal to assist swimmers with a disability to Get Classified, Get Involved and Get Discovered!
Get Classified – Need a classification? This is your start point! In this section, you will be asked to provide information about your impairment to determine if you might be eligible. You will then be provided with the information you need to go and get classified.
Get Involved – Want to Go Swim? We want to help! In this section, you will provide us with some basic personal and contact information. This will then enable us to better assist you in finding the right opportunities for you.
Get Discovered – Got some talent? We want to know! In this section you will be asked to tell us about your swimming ability. But first we recommend you complete our three simple Talent Tests. Download the Talent Tests below. Do the tests with your coach and record the results. Then return here to complete the form with your test results. This will enable us to determine if you have the potential to be a champion.
Download Talent Tests
At the end of the process this information will be analysed by Swimming Australia and if you have asked us for help someone will be in touch to follow up, usually within a couple of weeks.
When you are ready click here to get started!