The IWRF Classification Committee has been working hard on modifications to our current classification rules to add provisions for technical classifiers. Technical classifiers are people who have an extensive athletic, coaching or other relevant background in Wheelchair Rugby, and therefore have extensive knowledge of the sport that adds value to the technical and observation assessments during classification. Technical classifiers will work alongside existing classifiers who have health professional backgrounds.
During the trial period, technical classifiers will be required to attend tournaments as trainees in order to be certified as IWRF classifiers. Trainees will be expected to undergo the same training as all other classifiers, but will not be expected or be certified to perform the medical assessment (bench test) components of the classification process such as manual muscle testing.
For the purposes of this trial, the IWRF is looking for ex-athletes who meet the following criteria:
- Ex-international level athlete whose name appears on the IWRF Classification Masterlist,
- Be retired from international competition for a minimum of 2 years,
- Have no other affiliation with their current National Wheelchair Rugby team (including but not limited to coaching, support or administration staff),
- Be willing to abide by the IWRF Code of Conduct for officials.