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We are a global organization with programs in 170 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'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

  • Apr 04 - Apr 07
    Friendly Multi-Sport Competition of Special Olympics "BoHeMSA"
    Tue Apr 4 - Fri Apr 07, 2017
     
    3 venues
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Friendly Multi-Sport Competition of Special Olympics "BoHeMSA"

    Tue Apr 4 - Fri Apr 07, 2017
     

    The organizer of the entire competition is the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Medical Students’ Association "BoHeMSA" Local Committee Tuzla, as part of the IFMSA network, together in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine Tuzla and the University of Tuzla. In order to grow into a society which practices, reaches and implements policies where every individual has equal rights and opportunities regardless of their diversity, integration of disabled people into such society is emerging as one of the solutions to enable its growth. Social inclusion does not imply equalization of all people, but respecting the differences of each individual. Developing tolerance allows expansion of perspective, gaining experiences and developing of the human personality. Guided by our motto "DO NOT CALL ME SPECIAL! DIFFERENT DOES NOT MEAN IMPOSSIBLE!“ we use sport as one of the ways in which children and young people with disabilities can be active while developing their talents and capabilities, and by doing so successfully engage into everyday activities. To achieve this mission, we also got help from our partners which include Faculty for physical education and sport in Tuzla and Center for sport University of Tuzla. The competition will be organized in four sports: athletics, swimming, basketball and football. Each competition will be organized in three divisions depending on the degree disabilities. Athletics and swimming, will be organized in the men's and women's categories.


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    Venue(s)
    University Hall
    Univerzitetska 2
    Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Tušanj City Stadium
    Rudarska 2
    Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • Oct 20 - Oct 22
    State Fall Classic
    Fri Oct 20 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     
    Carencro
    Louisiana
    USA

    State Fall Classic

    Fri Oct 20 - Sun Oct 22, 2017
     

    This is an event for all Areas. Male and female athletes from across the state. Join us October 20-22 at Pelican Park and Robicheaux Center in Carencro, Louisiana 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. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.


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    Venue(s)
    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    USA
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