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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's signature “im” with Special Olympics brings water safety, recreational aquatic activities, and health, wellness and goal-setting instruction to Special Olympic athletes across the world. Learn more about the program

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Aquatics Events

  • sept.
    10
    2016 Aquatics Competition
    sept. 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Sugar Land
    Texas
    2016 Aquatics Competition

    The Special Olympics Texas - Gulf Coast area aquatics meet is for all teams in the Gulf Coast area participating in aquatics. Each team MUST compete in this competition in order to participate in Chapter games.

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    sept. 10, 2016
    08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Don Cook Natatorium
    16403 Lexington Blvd.
    Sugar Land, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • sept.
    10
    2016 Aquatics Competition
    sept. 10, 2016
    Lubbock
    Texas
    2016 Aquatics Competition

    The 2016 Area Aquatics Competition will be taking place on September 10, 2016 at the Lubbock State School. All entries must be submitted to the Special Olympics Texas - A17 office by c.o.b. August 26. Please direct all questions to Ashley Pena at (806) 788-1540 or apena@sotx.org. Start: 9:00 a.m.

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    sept. 10, 2016
    Lubbock State Supported Living Center
    3401 N University Ave
    Lubbock, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • sept.
    10
    Bayouland Area Aquatics Invitational
    sept. 10, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Luling
    Louisiana
    Bayouland Area Aquatics Invitational

    Join us September 10th at Ellington Swim & Fitness Club in Luling, LA 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.This is an invitational event for aquatics athletes in the state. Concessions will be sold at the event. Please email athlete registration forms to santacruztee@msn.com or ttheriot@stcharlesgov.net

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    sept. 10, 2016
    12:00 AM
    Ellington Swim & Fitness Club
    207 Angus Drive
    Luling, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
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