28 August 2018
Issued by Inclusive Skating
The International Skating Union has made a major decision that will change the face of ice skating for the disabled and disabled sport in general.
The ISU have accepted and recognised the Inclusive Skating event format. This is the first official recognition given to Inclusive Skating by the sport’s international governing body and paves the way for worldwide competitive disabled skating.
The Inclusive Skating event structure was first piloted in 2012 and featured on BBC news. Since then it has been refined and now allows skaters with any disability to compete safely and fairly. Inclusive Skating’s classification model converts all disabilities into an impairment percentage. This gives an impairment score which is added to the skater’s performance score. So, when the final result is calculated all skaters are put on a level playing field.
This means the model can evaluate all skaters fairly and equally. The Glasgow 2019 International event has been sanctioned and features on the official ISU calendar for the first time. Consequently, all ISU eligible skaters and officials are permitted and encouraged to take part in any current and future Inclusive Skating events.
“This marks a major milestone in the Inclusive Skating journey and we would like to thank the ISU for their cooperation and support. We hope that they enjoy being part of the Inclusive Skating community as much as we do!”, said Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Founder and Chair of Inclusive Skating.