The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is running its second IPC Athletics Classification course together with the IPC Academy in Christchurch, New Zealand next year.
Set for 29-30 January 2011, just after the IPC Athletics World Championships, the session will be a Recertification course open for Level 1 and Level 2 IPC Athletics certified classifiers. The classification training programme through the IPC Academy has been designed to incorporate the change in the classification system, and works through the levels of certification.
IPC Medical and Scientific Director Dr. Peter Van de Vliet said: “The IPC Athletic Classification Course in Christchurch is a unique opportunity for all participants.
“The success of the IPC Academy’s first training programme was partly due to the support from National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and the value they essentially saw in the course for the 14 participants. This second course will be carried out in the same style and organizational method.
“The course comes just as the IPC Athletics World Championships are ending, and attendees will have their own experience of athletes competing at the highest level.
“The recertification course will include different aspects of classifier competencies, such as how to adopt a systematic approach and how to conduct tests for impairment and activity limitation. We look forward to everyone’s involvement.”
The IPC, together with the IPC Academy, held its first classifier training in June 2010 in Bonn, Germany. As part of the training a three-day course for “Educators”, lead by International Rugby Board (IRB) Training Manager Mark Harrington, and a two-day course on “Classifier Recertification”, led by the newly trained “Educators” took place.