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Students with disability events

Students with disability events are for schools who nominate teams or for individual student entry. Find out more and how to participate.

Who can enter students with disability events

To enter students with disability events schools must be affiliated with School Sport SA.

For classification events, students should hold a para-athlete classification.

Specific sport age groups are listed on the individual event pages.

Competitions offered, when and where they are held

As a result of the start of term 1, 2022 plan for schools to return released on Friday 14 January we are looking at the impact on our programs and calendar and as soon as we have confirmed any changes we will update and share this information.

All events are participation carnivals unless listed in the competition details.

Sport Competition Dates Venue
5-a-side soccer Year 5 to 12 Friday 1 July Rostrevor College
Australian football Year 5 to 12 Thursday 29 September Henley High School
Basketball Year 7 to 12 Thursday 26 and Friday 27 May Springbank Secondary College
Boccia Year 5 to 12 Tuesday 25 October Netball SA Stadium
Cricket Year 5 to 12 Tuesday 15 November Venue to be confirmed
Cross country Classified athletes 10 to 19 years of age Thursday 9 June Oakbank Racecourse
Netball Year 5 to 12 Thursday 11 August Netball SA Stadium
Swimming Classified swimmers in year 7 to 12 Friday 27 May. Date change 28/1/22 SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Swimming Classified swimmers in year 4 to 6 Monday 23 May. Date change 28/1/22 SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Ten pin bowling Year 5 to 12 Wednesday 31 August Marion Bowland or Elizabeth Bowland
Tennis Year 5 to 12 Monday 28 November - to be confirmed West Lakes Tennis Club
Track and field Year 7 to 12 Wednesday 21 September Bridgestone Athletics Centre, Salisbury
Track and field Classified athletes in year 7 to 12 Friday 8 April SA Athletics Stadium
Track and field Classified athletes in year 4 to 6 Monday 19 September Bridgestone Athletics Centre, Salisbury

What is classification

Classification exists in sport to support as fair competition as possible amongst students with different disabilities.

By grouping students with similar levels of functional ability into classes for competition, the outcomes of the competition become based on performance rather than on differences in their disabilities.

Students who do not fit into one of these categories may not be able to be classified.

  • Physical or functional
  • Vision impairment
  • Intellectual
  • Deaf
  • Transplant

Classification is coordinated by Athletics SA or Swimming SA and must be organised 60 days prior to competing. See classification by Athletics SA or classification Swimming Australia for further details and how to get classified.

A classification is required to be selected in these SA state teams to competed at School Sport Australia events.

  • 12 years and under track and field
  • 10 to 19 years cross country
  • 10 to 19 years swimming

Links to learning

School Sport SA events provide great opportunities for students to develop, consolidate and demonstrate their learning goals, especially the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities.

Variety Games

Special Olympics SA (SOSA) have gained financial support from Variety - the Children's Charity of South Australia to subsidise the cost of event for schools. 

School Sport SA

Phone: 8416 5900
Email: education.schoolsportsa [at] sa.gov.au