Multi Class Competition
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. Event results are determined using the Multi Class Point Score system. 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 normal swimming rules in order to compete fairly. This allows for meaningful and fair competition for all swimmers.
The Swimming Classification System
Classification is used to place athletes of similar ability or function into groups for the purpose of competition. It exists in other areas of sport such as weight classes in boxing and handicaps in golf. For people with disability classification considers an athlete’s medical condition and physical, sensory and cognitive attributes to group them into classes. In Australia classification is used to ensure fair and meaningful competition at all levels. Classification is not a requirement for general participation in swimming and all swimmers are also encouraged to participate and compete in mainstream opportunities where appropriate.
For more information, read the Classification System Overview.
For more information on MC Swimming, including details on how to obtain classification, exceptions to rules, etc, please visit the Swimming Australia Multi Class Swimming web page.