Athletes’ Advisory Group and Classification Advisory Group hold first meeting

27 May 2020
A view of the London Aquatics Centre during a Para swimming competition
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By World Para Swimming

World Para Swimming Athletes’ Advisory Group (AAG) and Classification Advisory Group (CAG) have held the first of a series of online meetings to discuss the most common questions athletes have related to classification.

The aim of the first meeting was to prepare a document with the most frequent questions and answers to be shared with athletes and help demystify classification.

The questions brought from the Athletes’ Advisory Group ranged from classifiers’ background to a step by step of classification processes. 

The World Para Swimming Athletes’ Advisory Group consists of four athletes serving a four-year term until 2021. The group is led by France’s Paralympic champion David Smetanine.

Appointed in December 2015, World Para Swimming Classification Advisory Group has six members who monitor and regularly discuss classification rules and regulations, current practice and challenges.

“It was a great starting point for a conversation and essential to have everyone from AAG and CAG on the call so we can have meaningful discussions. It was a good starting point and we look forward to having more discussions in the future to have an active role in this critical aspect of the sport,” Smetamine said. 

The dates for the second meeting will be announced in the upcoming months.