Table Tennis Opportunities

Athletes Without Limits is looking for talented table tennis players with intellectual disability to represent the US at upcoming national and international Virtus and Paralympic Table Tennis events.

A. VIRTUS TABLE TENNIS:
Athletes Without Limits provides table tennis players with Intellectual Impairment, Autism and Down Syndrome the opportunity to compete at International events, including AWL-hosted training camps and AWL-USA National Teams competing at Virtus World Championships.

B. PARALYMPIC TABLE TENNIS (USATT, ITTF, Class 11):
We also confirm eligibility for athletes pursuing Paralympic Table Tennis opportunities in Table Tennis Class 11 for Intellectual Impairment at USATT, ITTF or Paralympic events or other events that follow Paralympic Classification.

The first step for interested athletes is to work with Athletes Without Limits to complete our National eligibility application to determine eligibility for AWL-Virtus and/or Paralympic competition.


A. ATHLETES WITHOUT LIMITS / VIRTUS TABLE TENNIS

ATHLETES WITHOUT LIMITS US EVENTS:

Stay tuned for information on upcoming AWL Table Tennis events. Past AWL-Hosted or AWL-Sanctioned U.S. events include:

  • 2018 Table Tennis Training Camp at Paddle Palace in Portland, OR

AWL NATIONAL TEAMS COMPETING AT VIRTUS EVENTS:

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport (formerly called Inas) competitors are an elite group of athletes from around the world making great achievements in table tennis. See the records and rankings on the Virtus website to see just how accomplished world champion athletes with intellectual disability are. We look forward to seeing more US athletes in those rankings!

View our event calendar for upcoming Virtus Table Tennis events for which Athletes Without Limits will organize US Team Selection and travel including: Virtus World Championships and Global Games. Virtus offers competitions for athletes in three eligibility groups — II1-Intellectual Impairment, II2-Additional Disability/Down Syndrome and II3 Autism (w/IQ of 76 or higher) — and offers a full program of individual events.

Upcoming Virtus International Events (pending COVID-19 safety):

*Note that Virtus Global Games and World Championship Table Tennis events are also sanctioned by ITTF so are potential Paralympic-qualifying opportunities for athletes competing in the Virtus II1 International Eligibility Group.


B. PARALYMPIC TABLE TENNIS

USATT LogoTable Tennis is one of three Paralympic sports that re-included athletes with intellectual impairment starting with the 2012 London Games. Athletes Without Limits/Virtus eligibility is the first step for U.S. athletes looking to compete in Paralympic events and potentially qualify for the U.S. Paralympic Team.

  • Athletes must meet the Virtus II1 criteria for Intellectual Disability to be eligible for Paralympic competition (IQ 75 or lower, Significant Limitations in Adaptive Behavior, Onset before age 18).
  • Visit our Paralympic Eligibility & Classification Page to learn more about who is eligible to participate in Paralympic-sanctioned and other events that use Paralympic classification for entry.
  • Visit our Paralympic Games page to learn more about the AWL athletes with intellectual impairment who have qualified for the Games.

Virtus Eligibility Groups & Paralympic Classification
Virtus has expanded our competition to athletes with intellectual impairment in the three eligibility groups below.
Paralympics has one class for athletes with intellectual impairment ( which is called Class 11 in Table Tennis).
Only athletes who meet the Virtus II1 criteria are eligible for Paralympic Class 11 competition.

Virtus II1-Intellectual Disability (IQ 75 or lower, Significant Adaptive Limitations, Onset before 18)
Virtus II1 athletes are eligible to compete in Paralympic Table Tennis Class 11

Virtus II2-Intellectual Disability with Significant Additional Impairment (Tri21 Down Syndrome)
Virtus II2 athletes can compete together with II1 athletes in Paralympic classes since they also meet the II1 Criteria (but must provide all required IQ and Adaptive evidence with their eligibility application).

Virtus II3-Autism with IQ 76 or higher (Sometimes called ‘High Functioning Autism’).
Virtus II3 athletes are not eligible for Paralympics, which is only open to athletes with an IQ of 75 or lower.

The first step for interested athletes is to work with Athletes Without Limits to complete our eligibility application to determine eligibility for AWL-Virtus and/or Paralympic competition.