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We are a global organization with programs in over 220 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

Swimming

Special Olympics swimming is popular world wide. Stay up to date with swimming news, events and competition results on this page. You'll find links to coaching resources, too. It's all here.

Popular Worldwide

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in world. Unlike other sports, swimming is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays. And the Aquatics coaching guide (below) gives coaches advice and approaches to successfully coach swimmers of all abilities, from strong, fast competitors to swimmers who find it hard to swim at all.

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

Special Olympics has a growing number of athletes around the world taking part in open water swimming, a sport in which swimmers race in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans instead of pools. Read the coaching guide and see stories and upcoming events by visiting the Open Water Swimming page.
Special Olympics has a partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation and has appointed the international swimming legend as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. The Michael Phelps Foundation will expand its signature “IM” with Special Olympics that will bring water safety, recreational aquatic activities, and health, wellness and goal-setting instruction to Special Olympic athletes across the world.

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Aquatics Events

  • mai
    05
    Area 2 Aquatics Competition
    mai 05, 2016 - mai 06, 2016
     
    Corpus Christi
    Texas
    Area 2 Aquatics Competition

    Join us May 5-6 at Corpus Christi Natatorium in Corpus Christi, Texas as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Alice Fulton-Garza
    Email: agarza@sotx.org
    Phone: 361-857-5679

    mai 05, 2016 - mai 06, 2016
     
    Corpus Christi Natatorium
    3202 Cabiness Parkway
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • mai
    21
    South Central Regional Aquatics
    mai 21, 2016
    12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Wichita
    Kansas
    South Central Regional Aquatics

    Join us May 21st at Wichtia Swim Club in Wichita, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

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    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    mai 21, 2016
    12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Wichtia Swim Club
    8323 E Douglas Ave
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • juin
    02
    Michigan State Summer Games
    juin 02, 2016 - juin 04, 2016
     
    Mount Pleasant
    Michigan
    Michigan State Summer Games

    The State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash take place June 2-4, 2016 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members and spectators attending each year. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, power lifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premier Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.

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    More Details
    Contact: Aaron Mills
    Email: aaron.mills@somi.org
    Phone: 989-774-4393

    juin 02, 2016 - juin 04, 2016
     
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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