Aquatics

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


00x200 Unified Sports Aquatics

Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics aquatics.  View the Aquatics Fact Sheet

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.

Partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation
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.


Aquatics Stories and News


julio 02, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Capacitación “im” de la Fundación Michael Phelps y Aguas Abiertas.

By Guisele Calderon

Gracias a la Fundación Michael Phelps y el Programa “im”, nadadores de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvadores estarán recibiendo instrucción de categoría mundial sobre seguridad en el agua, actividades acuáticas recreacionales, salud y bienestar e instrucción para alcanzar sus metas.View Story Gracias a la Fundación Michael Phelps y el Programa “im”, nadadores de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvadores estarán recibiendo instrucción de categoría mundial sobre seguridad en el agua, actividades acuáticas recreacionales, salud y bienestar e instrucción para alcanzar sus metas. Entrenadores y profesores de educaciónfísica de todas partes del país recibieron entrenamiento sobre cómo ofrecerinstrucciones de natación a sus estudiantes utilizando las 5 disciplinas del programa “im” que incluyen: imSafe (Soy Seguro) – provee a cada participante la oportunidad de estar cómodo, confiado y seguro en el agua; imFun (Soy Divertido) – Mantiene a los participantes seguros y activos en la piscina al crear un ambiente divertido que fomenta el continuo desarrollo de destrezas en el agua; imFast (Soy Rápido) – provee a los participantes con un régimen de entrenamiento coordinado que desarrolla el estado atlético del atleta y ayuda a que los atletas reconozcan su potencial; imHealthy (Soy Saludable) – Enseña los básicos de una vida saludable que incluyen buenos hábitos de alimentación, manejo del estrés y, actividad física: imSuccesful (Soy Exitoso) – Enseña cómo establecer metas, desarrollar un plan y trabajar para lograrlo. Rosa María Feussier, Directora del Área Deportiva de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador y Edgar Pérez, Coordinador de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador aprendieron del Programa “im” en su estadía en Uruguay y están ahora trabajando en proveer recursos y guías necesarias para asegurar el éxito del Programa en el país.

About Guisele Calderon:Coordinadora Mercadeo, Comunicaciones y Relaciones Públicas
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junio 25, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Invitación a los Juegos de Verano en el Sur de California, 2014

By Paola Martinelli

Los Juegos de verano de Special Olympics Sur de California 2014, se llevaron a cabo del 5 al 9 de Junio, en la Universidad del Sur de California.View Story Los Juegos de verano de Special Olympics Sur de California 2014, se llevaron a cabo del 5 al 9 de Junio, en la Universidad del Sur de California. Con la participación de 1200 atletas locales de 28 programas de SO Sur de California y 150 Atletas de 12 países de los programas internacionales entre ellos: SO Taipéi China, SO Costa Rica, SO Egipto, SO Gran Bretaña, SO Indonesia, SO Irak, SO Macau, SO México, SO Japón, SO Arabia Saudita, SO Emiratos Árabes Unidos, SO Hong Kong. 6 Deportes: Natación, Atletismo, Basquetbol, Bochas, Gimnasia y Golf.Olimpiadas Especiales México, Baja California, Represento a nuestro país en 2 deportes, Atletismo y Natación; con una delegación de 23 Atletas, 2 Entrenadores, 2 Asistentes de Entrenador, 2 Auxiliares, 1 Delegado y 1 Asistente de Delegado. México regreso con 11 de ORO, 18 de PLATA y 4 de BRONCE

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Mercadotecnia
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mayo 27, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales México participan de una clínica con Michael Phelps

By Iael Bielorai

Dos atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales México tuvieron la oportunidad de compartir y aprender de su ídolo, el nadador estadounidense y multimedallista olímpico Michael Phelps..View Story El pasado 4 de mayo en Los Cabos, México como parte de la alianza entre Special Olympics Internacional y la Fundación Michael Phelps, y en el marco del Torneo Anual de Golf de la Fundación, dos atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales México,Baja California tuvieron la oportunidad de compartir y aprender de su ídolo, el nadador estadounidense y multimedallista olímpico, Michael Phelps. Adrián Domínguez Ensenada y Ángel Sánchez, atletas de Olimpiadas Especiales México, fueron invitados por la Fundación Michael Phelps a participar de una clínica junto al máximo medallista olímpico, Michael Phelps. Durante la clínica, Michael les enseñó algunas de sus técnicas ganadoras de natación, los aconsejó sobre aspectos técnicos del deporte y, conversó con los atletas sobre la pasión que comparten por la natación. Participaron también Cathy Bennet, entrenadora de Michael Phelps durante su infancia y Patricia Guerra, Embajadora de Olimpaidas Especiales México y nadadora reconocida.

About Iael Bielorai:Coordinadora de Comunicación de Special Olympics Latin America.
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Aquatics Events


Date

Event

Location

enero 08, 2014

Special Olympics Costa Rica National Swimming Competion

Join us on August 1st at the CODEA Recreation Center in Alajuela, Costa Rica as athletes participate in an exciting day of swimming competition. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Wady Wado
Email:wvado@olimpiadasespeciales.cr
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CODEA Recreation Center
Alajuela, San José
COSTA RICA

agosto 18, 2014

Special Olympics Thailand National Games

Athletes across Thailand will gather in Korat to compete in the following eight sports: athletics, bocce (including Unified), basketball, badminton, cricket, football (Male & Female, Unified), swimming and table tennis (including Unified).
For more information
Rachaniwan Bulakul
Email:solympicsthai@gmail.com
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Pansa Stadium
Chalerm Phrakiat 80

Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima
THAILAND

agosto 25, 2014

El Salvador National Games

Join us August 25-30 in San Salvador, El Salvador as athletes and Unified partners from around the country will compete in football, open water swimming, aquatics and table tennis to qualify for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California. For more details, please refer to contact information below.
For more information
Johamy Alabi
Email:jalabi@olimpiadasespecialeselsalvador.org
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San Salvador
EL SALVADOR

sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 10 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
For more information
More Details
Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

oct 10 - dic 10 2014

Special Olympics Bangladesh National Games

Special Olympics Bangladesh’s National Games will welcome an estimated 800 athletes and 100 Unified Sports® partners across Bangladesh. Ten sports will be played: athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, cricket, football, handball, swimming, table tennis and volleyball. The three day event will be held across different venues: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Army Stadium, National Indoor Stadium & Swimming pool and the Bangladesh Sports Education Institute (BKSP).
For more information
Faruqul Islam
Email:sobangla@gmail.com
Phone:+880 1819 259844
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Bangabandhu National Stadium & other venuesDhaka
BANGLADESH

octubre 20, 2014

Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne

The 10th Special Olympics Australia National Games will involve more than 1,200 athletes of all levels competing in 16 Olympic and demonstration sports and events. These Games offer the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent Australia at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015. For the majority of competitors, the National Games in Melbourne represents the culmination of four years of competing at local, regional and state level. Competing in the same world-class venues as their Olympic heroes, our Special Olympics athletes will perform in front of their proud parents, friends, supporters and the wider community. Athletes of all abilities will compete in 16 Olympic style sports including AFL and netball as demonstration sports across iconic sporting venues in Melbourne. Other special events include: Healthy Athletes Program, Young Athlete Program (2–7 year old), Athlete Leadership & Ambassador Program, Family Functions Social Outing, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
For more information
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Robyn Cooper
Email:robync@specialolympics.com.au
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Lakeside Stadium & various venuesMelbourne
AUSTRALIA

ene 11 - mar 11 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
For more information
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

jul 24 - feb 8 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
For more information
More Details
World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Aquatics/Swimming Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world compete in Los Angeles.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


World Aquatics Invitational 2012

The first Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational took place in September in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This was the most important sports event in the Special Olympics competition calendar during the second half of 2012.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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