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By Martha Jo Braycich
KUAthletics.com Copyright 2016 University of Kansas
Special Olympics athletes are my fans and my family and so are the coaches as well.
My son Michael is 18 years old. Taught him at a very young age. We always knew he loved swimming and was a fish in water. Tried a swim team a few years back, he wouldn't stay on task.
I am getting ready for the regional tournament on Saturday for swimming, and I know if I put my mind to it, I can do what I want to do. I compete in the water here in Rochester, NY, and the swimming tournament is this Saturday. It's also where I live, OK.
Fernando 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.
From the article in the Jamaica Observer: The second edition of the Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) swimming competition was held at the University of Technology pool on February 7, and was featured by the Lions International film crew.
I joined up with Special Olympics Victoria in 1999 at the recommendation of another athlete and I am so glad I did, I love swimming and I never thought that I could do swimming as a sport, but being part of this unique program has been amazing.
Hello my name is Katie Williams. I'm 36 years old. I've been involved in Special Olympics 25 years and during the 25 years I've been competing in swimming.
Among many athletes who are competing at the Special Olympics, we found Gitte Van De Poel and Dries Vangeel.
When I turned 25 I joined Special Olympics. I have Cerebral Palsy. I liked water but didn't know how to swim. I wasn't doing well with sports when I was young, now I swim every day.
PHIL WETZLER (HEAD COACH, BALTIMORE CITY AQUATICS TEAM)
In 2008, as head coach of the Baltimore City Special Olympics Maryland swim team, I brought to Baltimore a talented swimmer with Down syndrome, who owned, at that time, over 15 world records for "special needs" athletes.
Maria M. McQuay