Little Athletics NSW recognises that people with a disability have the same rights to equality as the rest of the community.
People with a disability become involved in sport for exactly the same reasons as their able-bodied peers: -
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Section 28 - Sport) states that it is unlawful to discriminate against another person on the grounds of that person’s disability or a disability of any of that person’s associates by excluding that other person from a sporting activity.
Little Athletics NSW aims to provide an inclusive environment in which barriers to involvement are removed and all people with a disability feel welcome and comfortable to participate. The LANSW will provide the necessary ongoing leadership and direction to achieve this objective.
Little Athletics NSW also believes that it is the responsibility of all affiliated Little Athletics centres to make a reasonable effort to accommodate people with a disability. We will provide relevant advice, support, resources and training to assist in this process. We recognises that such efforts need not place undue or unjustifiable hardship on, or threaten the operational viability of centres.
In order for centres to assess their own practices in relation to athletes with a disability, we have developed a Centre Disability Checklist.
To provide Little Athletics centres with comprehensive and direct practical support for including people with disabilities in their programs, we offer a Disability Education Workshop.
Little Athletics NSW has also developed a number of Disability Fact Sheets, to provide specific information for centre volunteers.
Click here to download a copy of the Athletes With A Disability Centre Level Competition Guidelines.
Download a copy of the LANSW brochure outlining opportunities for athletes with a disability.
Some of the opportunities offered by Little Athletics NSW and its affiliated centres offer for athletes with a disability to become involved in the sport are: -
At a local level, athletes with a disability can access regular activities at a Little Athletics centre. Often an athlete with a disability will be totally integrated into the existing program without the need for modifications. Sometimes Little Athletics centres will adapt activities (rules, equipment, etc) to allow athletes with a disability to participate. The extent of the modifications will depend on the athlete’s level of impairment or disability. Some athletes may only require minor modifications. Others may require extensive modifications to become involved. Modifications may also be made in view of phasing them out over time.
Little Athletics NSW conducts invitational events for athletes with a disability at the State Track & Field Championships held in March. All events are conducted as multi-disability events. Competitors compete against a multi-disability standard time or distance for their disability classification. Placings are determined by the competitor’s time/distance calculated against a percentage of the multi-disability standard for their classification.
Classification is a way of grouping athletes of a similar impairment or disability for the purpose of competition. Classification exists to try and create a “fair” competition amongst athletes of different disabilities.
Classification is only required by those Little Athletes wanting to compete at a championship level. It is not required to participate at a centre level.
For all information about classification, visit the Paralympic website and click on "Sport" then “Classification”. This takes you to the Australian Paralympic Committee’s Classification home page. The information portal is for anyone with questions about classification, people wanting to be classified and those wanting to train as classifiers.
An information sheet can be downloaded which gives a detailed explanation about classification and what to expect during a classification.
Information is also available about the Australian Paralympic Committee’s “Remote Provisional Classification” service to assist athletes with a disability living in rural and remote areas.
Alternatively you may call the Australian Paralympic Committee on 9704 0500.
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