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Paralympic points system

by Jessica Statham on 17 Oct 2000
The fantastic facilities at Rushcutters Bay have been prasied by the athletes. Rachel Nahum
Paralympic Points System.

A Points system based on the level of disability allows athletes from different disability groups to compete together in the Paralympic sports. The difference between disabled sailors and able-bodied sailors may receive a minimal amount of assistance in launching and getting aboard the boat.

Sailing is a multi-disability sport, the following are the classifications of who can compete together.

· Amputees/Les Autres athletes (ISOD)
· Cerebral Palsy athletes (CP-ISRA)
· Spinal Cord Injuries athletes (ISMWSF)
· Visually Impaired athletes (IBSA)

The classification is based on the functions requires to compete in sailing.

· Vision
· Stability
· Hand functions
· Inability

Each crew of three sailors is allowed a maximum of 12 points.

Sail-World spoke to Noel Robbins Sonar Class. His crew of Jamie Dunross and Graeme Martin have been sailing together since the 1999 World championship in Spain. It was difficult to choose who was going to represent Australian in this regatta, I was actually Jamie's coach. Jamie is the most disabled, Graeme is a seven with just the loss of a leg, I'm rated a three but they give me a four, and Jamie's a one."

"Jamie is forehand, and he has to sit in the boat by the rules, we've set everything up so he is working fine adjustments on all the sails" The Sonar crew have the best possible blocks on the boat, and a very good seat, and all the mechanical advantages so that Jamie can do the fine tuning.

The set up at the Paralympic compound is outstanding, a lot of the competitors are seen scooting around on electrical scooter and the jetty is wide enough to accommodate all movement of wheel chairs and equipment.

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