Eligible impairment types: 

  • Impaired muscle power 

  • Impaired passive range of movement

  • Limb deficiency

  • Leg length difference 

  • Athetosis 

  • Hypertonia 

  • Ataxia

Sport classes

Paralympic archers compete in two sport classes: 


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, co-ordination or range of movement. For example, one condition 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, 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.