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British Paralympic Association searches for National Classifiers

28 June 2016

The British Paralympic Association is looking for ophthalmologists and optometrists to train and accredit as national classifiers for athletes with a visual impairment across the Paralympic sports.

Classifiers act in a voluntary capacity and are critical to the Paralympic Movement. They use their professional skills to measure each athlete’s impairment against the recognised eligibility criteria to assign an appropriate class.

As such, classifiers are the gate keepers to each Paralympic athlete’s journey.

The cost of the training is £150 per person. For that each trainee will receive the following:

  • Access to the training course
  • Bed and Breakfast in a 4-star hotel on the Friday and Saturday night
  • Dinner on Friday evening and Saturday evening
  • Lunch on Saturday and on Sunday, just prior to departure

Once you have attended the training and have satisfactorily passed an assessment, you will be expected to attend at least one national classification clinic to become an accredited national classifier.

To retain your accreditation as a national classifier you will be expected to classify at least one national classification clinic per year. These are usually held quarterly, at a weekend in various locations throughout the United Kingdom.

To register your interest please email your curriculum vitae and completed expression of interest form to the British Paralympic Association’s Classification Manager, Iain Gowans by
15 July 2016.

You can view the role description here.