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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

  • окт
    14
    State Fall Classic
    окт 14, 2016 - окт 16, 2016
     
    Carencro
    Louisiana
    State Fall Classic

    Join us October 14th-16th at Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center in Carencro, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Aquatics, Horseshoes, and Softball 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 event for all Areas. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.

    For more information

    окт 14, 2016 - окт 16, 2016
     
    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • окт
    14
    2016 Area Aquatics Competition
    окт 14, 2016
    09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    Laredo
    Texas
    2016 Area Aquatics Competition

    Special Olympics Area 21 will be having its Area Aquatics Competition on Friday October 14.

    For more information
    More Details

    окт 14, 2016
    09:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    City of Laredo Inner City Pool
    202 W. Plum
    Laredo, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • ноя
    13
    Special Olympics NSW State Games - Swimming
    ноя 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    Mingara
    AUSTRALIA
    Special Olympics NSW State Games - Swimming

    Special Olympics NSW is hosting their 2016 State Games for Swimming. This will be the selection event for the 2018 SOA National Games.

    For more information

    ноя 13, 2016
    09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    Mingara Aquatic Centre
    Central Coast, NSW
    Mingara, New South Wales
    AUSTRALIA
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