Sport Week: Classification in para-archery

Archers can compete either standing or in a wheelchair. 26 Apr 2016
Argentina's Ferderico Paolorossi in action in para-archery.

Argentina's Ferderico Paolorossi in action in para-archery.

ⒸFerderico Paolorossi

Athletes in para-archery compete in two sport classes: W1 and open.


Archers in this sport class compete in a wheelchair because their impairment includes the loss of leg and trunk function. Also, their arms show a loss of muscle strength, coordination or range of movement. For example, one impairment that might fit this sport class profile is tetraplegia.


Archers who historically competed in the W2 and ST sport classes have been merged together as their impairments have an equal impact on the outcome of competition. Archers in this sport class may have a strong activity limitation in their trunk and legs and compete in a wheelchair. Their arms, however, show normal function. This profile would likely apply to paraplegic archers.

Also in this sport class, athletes compete in a standing position, and they require some standing support because of poor balance. They either have a leg-length difference, limb deficiency or impairments that also affect their arms and trunk.

Athletes with these impairments are eligible to compete in para-archery:

Impaired muscle power


Impaired passive range of movement


Limb deficiency


Leg length difference

Helpful links

IPC classification webpage.

World Archery’s classification information.

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