Classification

Paratriathlon Classification

If you aspire to compete in Paratriathlon at either a National or International Level, the most important thing you need is a classification.

This enables you to understand who you will be competing against and in what format you will compete in the sport.

There are five sport classes in paratriathlon:

  • PT1 - Wheelchair users. Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to:  muscle power, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis that prevent the ability to safely ride a conventional bike and run. Through classification assessment, athletes must have a score of up to 640,0 points. Athletes must use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.
  • PT2 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score of up to 454,9 points. In both bike and run segments, amputee athletes may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PT3 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 455,0 to 494,9 points. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices.
  • PT4 - Includes athletes with comparable activity limitation and an impairment of, but not limited to, limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia and or athetosis, impaired muscle power or range of movement that through classification assessment have a score from 495,0 to 557,0 points included. In both bike and run segments, the athlete may use approved prosthesis or other supportive devices..
  • PT5 - Total or Partial visual Impairment (IBSA/IPC defined sub-classes B1, B2, and B3): Includes athletes who are totally blind, from no light perception in either eye, to some light perception but unable to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction (B1) and partially sighted athletes with a visual acuity of less than 6/60 vision or visual field less than 20 degrees with best corrective vision (B2-B3). A guide from the same nationality and gender is mandatory throughout the race. Must ride a tandem during the bike segment.

Classification – Physically Impaired Athletes

Paratriathlon currently uses a system known as the Profile System, and a full breakdown of this system can be read here. The actual process for being classified is quite simple and generally takes no longer than one hour. British Triathlon has a team of classifiers who conduct the process, and these individuals are generally trained physiotherapists or medical experts. The process will test your ability and give you an outcome based on your tested ability rather than your disability. You will be tested either by power or coordination, or sometimes degrees of both. You will need to come prepared to be quite physical, therefore sports attire is generally recommended.

Please use the following check list to ensure you are ready for your classification:

  • Contact British Triathlon and organise a classification appointment.
  • Complete pages 35 / 38 or 39 of the ITU classification manual  and complete any relevant medical documentation.
  • Arrive to your appointment with the completed paper work, on time.

The outcome will show you that you are either eligible or ineligible to compete in paratriathlon; if you are deemed ineligible it means you have not exceeded the 15% impairment level required, and if you are deemed eligible, you will be given both a profile, and then a specific competing classification.

Where can you be classified?

British Triathlon aims to put on as many opportunities throughout the year for new athletes to be classified, and these should be spread across a wide geographically area.

A specific list of dates will be released here soon, but the aim is always as follows:

  • All specific paratriathlon events
  • British Triathlon Federation paratriathlon open days
  • British Triathlon Federation paratriathlon talent days
  • All GB squad training camps

This will usually allow for 8 opportunities throughout the year.

Classification – Visually Impaired Athletes

Classification for visually impaired athletes works slightly differently to that explained above, as we don’t need to assess a physical impaired, therefore we work together with British Blind Sport (BBS) to ensure athletes have ample opportunities to be classified.

You will need to complete a sight classification form  which can be found on the BBS website. This form will need to be taken to your Ophthalmologist / Optometrist for completion, and when this is done, the paper work will need to be checked and signed off by the British Triathlon Chief Classifier. The opportunities for this to be done are the same as previously mentioned.

Triathlon will accept classes B1, B2 and B3 for paratriathlon competition; all other classes will not be eligible for paratriathlon competition.

Classification and Paralympics

The system described above is the system which is currently used at both National and International Level, however because of our newly acquired status as a Paralympic sport; we are likely, over the coming two years to adapt to a new system as agreed with the ITU and IPC. The aim behind these changes is to ensure a sport which is as fair as possible, and one which will work at a Paralympic Level.  Please check back here for any updates or new rules to the system.