Paraclimbing Development

In March 2019, the IFSC Plenary Assembly approved a Paraclimbing Development Plan with the following goals:

  • To acknowledge the strength and importance of the Paraclimbing community
  • To give credibility to the Paraclimbing movement
  • To professionalise the sport by striving to meet the standards of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), therefore making the sport worth consideration for future Paralympic Games

The Paraclimbing Development Plan, now in its implementation phase, focuses on three key areas:

1. Sport

Classification

To have a real chance at seeing Paraclimbing included in the Paralympic Games, the IFSC must improve its classification process to meet the rigorous international standard set by the IPC in the IPC Athlete Classification Code. This includes improvements in the following areas:

  • Classifier personnel and training
  • Athletes evaluation
  • Eligible impairments, which will better define Sport Classes (previously known as Paraclimbing categories)

Routesetting and Rules

The increased athletes’ participation at the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships Innsbruck 2018 forced new standards for routesetting. A pool of Paraclimbing Routesetters has since been created, aimed at growing a community of setters specialised in Paraclimbing competitons.

Events

IFSC Member Federations have expressed a desire to see their athletes participating in more events. The IFSC is actively seeking local organisers to host events at an international level.

2. GOVERNANCE

It was decided that the previous Paraclimbing Commission should be disbanded in order to form a new Paraclimbing Committee. The newly elected Paraclimbing Committee shall have a much more operational role, to represent more broadly the Paraclimbing community.

3. AWARENESS

Paraclimbing needs more promotion in order to reach a wider number of athletes, starting at a grassroots level. The IFSC could play an important coordinating and supporting role, though change should be adopted by National Federations, working closely with gyms and physical rehabilitation centres to promote the sport.

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