Congratulations to Dr. Steven Dilkas, who has achieved Level II Classifier Certification at the 2013 Americas Zone Qualification tournament this week and is now considered an international classifier. Dilkas is a physiatrist and sports medicine physician from Toronto. He specializes in neuromuscular disorders and has training in Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Testing.
Classifiers play an important role in the wheelchair rugby community. They evaluate athletes to determine their level of physical function and assign them an appropriate point value, ensuring that people with different levels of disability can compete fairly together. In wheelchair rugby, athletes are classified from 0.5 to 3.5. Each team is allowed 8 points on the floor at any time.
Wheelchair rugby is currently recruiting new classifiers. For people with medical expertise (doctors, physiotherapists, etc.), classification is a unique way to apply their skills while experiencing benefits such as world travel.
CWSA and Parasport Quebec will be hosting a Classifiers Clinic at the Montreal Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament from December 13th to 15th, 2013. The clinic will be coordinated by Randall Tressider, a Level 3 Classifier. For more information and to register please contact Karine Cote at firstname.lastname@example.org.