Little Athletics develops children of ALL abilities, providing a warm and inclusive environment for all young people to be their best.
We aim to provide an inclusive environment in which barriers to involvement are removed and all people with a disability feel welcome and comfortable to participate.
Little Athletics Centres
There are no specific disability Little Athletics Centres, as the activities and events are designed to be inclusive and adaptable to all.
Athletes with a disability will often be fully integrated into the standard program. Discuss with your local Centre regarding their program and facilities and whether modifications may need to or can be made to suit the requirements of your child.
At Centre level there is no requirement for any athlete to have been classified to participate, however, some Member Associations may require classification for entry in to competitions beyond Centre level. Please contact your State Office for further information on this.
Each disability group has a set of minimal disability criteria that an athlete must meet in order to be eligible to compete as an athlete with a disability. Athletes must undergo specific Athlete Evaluation or Eligibility processes to obtain a classification. Evaluation and Eligibility processes are outlined in the Athletics Australia Classification Policy and Procedures. Athletes with a physical impairment who only intend on competing at a local and State level can apply for a ‘Provisional Classification’ at any time during the year. This is done by completing a form, visiting a physio to get a report, and submitting the paperwork to your State Senior Athletics body. For other impairment types (hearing, intellectual, vision etc.), they will need to contact the relevant organisation that provides classifications for them.
Need further information on classification, contact your state office; OR use this link to access the AA Classification webpage.
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.
For guidelines on inclusion at centre level please click here
Regional & State Level
Most Little Athletics State members offer Multi-Class athlete specific events the Carnivals, Regional Championships, Summer/Winter Championships and State Championships.
Multi-Class athletes may be eligible to compete in any of the able-bodied events being offered, and also have the option to compete in specific Multi-Class athlete events. They may compete in a combination of both, but not the same event in both classes. Specific Multi-Class events that may be offered are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump, Discus, Shot Put, Javelin and Relays. All of these events are offered to specific classifications. For more information on events offered at Regional and State level, please contact your State Office.
Classification for Para-Athletics:
Athletics Australia manages the National Classification Structure for Para-athletics and partners with four National Sports Organisations in delivering classification. In total there are five impairment groups recognised nationally. All athletes that appear on the Athletics Australia Classification Masterlist are able to compete in Little Athletics, School Sport and Athletics Australia Para-athletics.
Get Classified: Click here for Classification Information