Anne Leota Hart - Classifier - 2018
Classifier - Level 4 -USQRA '91-Current
Current Classification Policy and Procedures Liaison to USQRA board
Lead Task Force Member for multiple revisions of USQRA Classification Manual.
Current Chair of International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Committee
Past IWRF Head of Classification[ALH1]
Member at Large IWRF Classification Committee
Anne L Hart, PT, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, Physical Therapy Department at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arizona, USA 1997-2014 began with sports in the Paralympic Movement in 1977 in her first physical therapy position in what is now the Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas. She received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physical Therapy from University of Central Arkansas in 1977, Master of Science (MS) in Exercise Physiology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1985, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Occupations Education from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1994. Dr Hart was a graduate student at the University of Illinois from 1983-1994 and the supervisor of the University of Illinois Physical Therapy and Fitness Clinic in the Division of Disability Resources and Education from 1989- 2004. In those years at the University of Illinois, she worked with recreational and elite athletes in athletics – track and field, wheelchair basketball,, wheelchair rugby, swimming, and goal ball.
She has been a National Classifier for United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) since 1989 and an International Classifier for International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) since 1999. She has served as a wheelchair rugby classifier and Chief Classifier at multiple World Championships and Paralympic Games and as IWRF Head of Classification 2004-2010. During her tenure as IWRF Head of Classification, she initiated a classification system review and research efforts to improve wheelchair rugby classification. Dr Hart became a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classification Committee in 2004, served as Chair of IPC Classification Code Working Group from 2005-2007 and as Chair of the IPC Classification Committee since 2010.
In the USQRA, she is the current classification policy and procedures liaison to USQRA board. She has been the lead task force member for multiple manual revisions for the USQRA, most recently in 2017, aligning USQRA classification procedures with IWRF rules and regulations and with the IPC Classification Code. She also manages both the IWRF and USQRA listservs, which serve as the means of all classifier communication.
Anne Hart is personally responsible for recruiting many individuals to join the sport and become classifiers. She always believed in getting students involved in Para sport was essential. As students, their interest and enthusiasm was boundless, yet their awareness of the power of sport in enhancing life for persons with disabilities was minimal to none. As a faculty member at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ, she held an annual workshop for PT students that allowed them to complete part of the basic classifier workshop and to pursue becoming a USQRA classifier upon graduation and licensure.. She served and continues to serve as a mentor and resource to classifiers both in the USA and worldwide. Anne Hart has an unparalleled passion for adaptive sport, specifically Wheelchair Rugby. She believes that the mark of a great teacher is when her students surpass her. And a number of her former students have done so and are involved in classification in the USQRA and IWRF.
She is a retired rugby union player (a forward, of course) and a USA Level 1 referee (1985-1989), having played for the Little Rock Rugby Club (1978-1983) and the University of Illinois Women’s Rugby Club (1984-1989). While not the best player on the pitch, she excelled at the social aspect of the game! And if all that wasn’t enough, she is even a martial artist with a 3rd degree black belt!
[ALH1]I have not been the Head of Classification for USQRA in my career. I was head of classification internationally from 2004-2010.