Disability Classification


Classification is required to participate in certain State, National or International competitions. Once a bowler is classified they are free to enter events. We recommend bowlers always check the entry conditions of each event to determine if classification is or is not required.

What is Classification

Classification groups athletes who have similar impairments together into classes for competition in their particular sport. The classification assessment process is managed by Bowls Victoria in conjunction with Blind Bowls Victoria and School Sport Australia.

Classification process:

  • Have your Doctor complete the IBD Certificate of Diagnosisform (you mustbring this to the classification day)
  • Classifier will assess your physical impairment as relevant to the requirements for playing Bowls.
  • This includes playing an end or two of bowls. You must bring your bowls and any equipment you use to assist you during a game e.g. walking stick, wheelchair etc.

Submit your expression of interest:

To becoming classified, please send an expression of interest to Darci at Bowls Victoria on darcit@bowlsvic.org.au. You must include your name, email address and phone number.

Need help?

For more information on the classification process for bowlers with a physical disability, please visit the International Bowls for the Disabled or contact Bowls Victoria’s Chief Classifier Carlene Gregory for more information.\


Classification is required to participate in certain events for bowlers with vision impairments. Bowlers are classified based on their vision and classified as B1, B2, B3 or B4. For further information on sight classification for bowlers with a vision impairment, please contact Peter Campion or visit the Blind Bowls Victoria’s website.


A School Sport Classification form needs to be completed by students participating in school sport events atregional, State and National level. Please visit the School Sport Australia website for forms and information about the submission process.