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Swimming

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


julio 24, 2014 | Latin America: Mexico

Nada como un padre para ayudar a su hijo a perder el miedo al agua

By Paola Martinelli

Noe con su papa.

Después de que su padre pasó un mes con él aprendiendo a nadar, Noe perdió su miedo al agua.View Story Después de que su padre pasó un mes con él aprendiendo a nadar, Noe perdió su miedo al agua. El programa de Natación de Olimpiadas Especiales México alienta a los padres, como el papá de Noe a participar activamente en las clases delos atletas. Esto le da a los atletas la confianza para intentar una y otra vez hasta que lo consiguen. La participación del padre de Noe demostró lo importante que es la orientación de los padres en el aprendizaje de nuevas habilidades y el desarrollo de la confianza de nuestros atletas.

About Paola Martinelli:Directora Nacional de Comunicación y Marketing, Directora Nacional del Programa Atletas Líderes ,Asesora Regional del Comité de Deporte Unificado
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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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Aquatics Events


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Event

Location

may 6 - jul 6 2015

2015 Maryland Summer Games

Join us 5-7 June 2015 at Towson University in Towson, Maryland as our athletes compete in 3 days of exciting summer sports competition. Events will include: Aquatics – traditional individual events and team relays, Unified team relays; Athletics – traditional and Unified track, mini-javelin, high jump, long jump, pentathlon, softball throw, shot put, standing long jump, tennis ball throw; Bocce – singles, doubles, Unified doubles; Cheerleading – traditional and Unified team competition; Softball – traditional team competition, Unified team competition, individual skills competition. For schedule details please refer to the link, below.
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Schedule Details
Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

dic 6 - jun 14 2015

Illinois Summer Games

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals more than 11,400 people who attend Summer Games! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions. Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
UNITED STATES

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.
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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 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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