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Special Olympics Puerto Rico swimmer Jose Cubilette competes in the 2012 Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitiational in Puerto Rico. Photo by Will Schermerhorn.

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.


00x200 Unified Sports Aquatics

Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics swimming.  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.

Open Water Swimming
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.

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.


Swimming Stories and News


mayo 01, 2015 | Latin America: El Salvador

Torneos deportivos de Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador

By Daniela Recinos

Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador desarrollo diferentes torneos para mantener activos a nuestros atletas. Natación, gimnasia rítmica y artística, y tenia se desarrollaron en el Polideportivo de Cuidad Merliot. Por otro lado, el torneo de Bochas se realizó en la duela del Palacio de los Deportes.View Story Olimpiadas Especiales El Salvador desarrollo diferentes torneos para mantener activos a nuestros atletas. Natación, gimnasia rítmica y artística, y tenia se desarrollaron en el Polideportivo de Cuidad Merliot. Por otro lado, el torneo de Bochas se realizó en la duela del Palacio de los Deportes. En ambos eventos se contó con el apoyo de voluntarios de la universidad Francisco Gavidia, Movimiento Scout y Cuscatlán Rugby

About Daniela Recinos:Voluntaria de comunicaciones.
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abril 19, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Soy Martin Uriel Torres y soy un campeón

By Paola Martinelli

Martin en los Juegos Nacionales 2014

When he was almost two years Martin's parents realized that something was not right so they took him to the doctor where the diagnosis was autism.View Story Martín es el primero de 3 hijos, casi a los dos años los padres de Martín se dieron cuenta que algo no estaba bien así que lo llevaron al medico donde el diagnostico fue Autismo. Sus maestros recomendaron que se integrara a un jardín de niños especial pero sus padres decidieron dejarlo en el Jardín de Niños regular. Empezó a asistir a clases de natación por consejo del medico ahi conoce Olimipadas Especiales y se vuelve un atleta de este movimiento. Estudio en escuelas regulares aunque en la secundaria sufrió de bulling se le cambio de escuela y lo aceptaron perfecto al igual que en la preparatoria. Terminando la preparatoria Martín asistió a los Juegos Nacionales 015 donde fue seleccionado para representar a México en los Juegos Mundiales de los Ángeles, Martín esta muy emocionado por representar a su país. Martín es un joven feliz le encantan los vídeo juegos y su deseo es conocer al creador de la serie Hora de Aventura, Pendleton Ward.

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Mercadotecnia
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marzo 18, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

Im Fernendo Rios and Im a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Fernando Rios Mexico

Fernando Rios Duran was born in Villa Avila Camacho, Xicotepec - Puebla on April 7, 1995. His parents are Mrs. Gaona Epiphany Duran and Juan Vargas Rios.Fernando has a mild intellectual disability. When he was born he presented hypoxia, which resulted in disabilities in his motor development.View Story Fernando Rios Duran was born in Villa Avila Camacho, Xicotepec - Puebla on April 7, 1995. His parents are Mrs. Gaona Epiphany Duran and Juan Vargas Rios.Fernando has a mild intellectual disability. When he was born he presented hypoxia, which resulted in disabilities in his motor development. Fernando began his story in Special Olympics in a event organized by the Movement near his school zone. He started participating in athletics, basketball and swimming – his current sport.His family, teachers and friends are very pleased with the accomplishments that Fernando has had thanks to his perseverance and effort. Fernando is very excited and he cannot believe that he will be traveling by plane; it is the first time he will travel by plane. He is also very excited to know another country and what motivates him the most is that he will make friends with people from different parts of the world.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing
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Aquatics Events


Date

Event

Location

marzo 16, 2016

Aquatics Competition

Join us on March 16th at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina 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. (Inclement weather date is March 18.)
For more information
Paula White
Email:[email protected]
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Limestone College
1115 College Drive

Gaffney, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

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Aquatics/Swimming Competitions

2014 European Summer Games


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.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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Made Possible by The Annenberg Foundation

The Special Olympics movement is profoundly grateful for the support of the Annenberg Foundation which has underwritten the production of the coaches’ guides and resources, supporting our global goals for coaches’ excellence.

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