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December 17, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Denmark

New Danish Record at European Swimming Championships

By Søren Jul Kristensen

Jonas swam a perfect race at 57.15 - a result which shows that he is well on track to qualify for the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

Spectators at the Ligue Européeene de Natation (LEN) European Swimming Champions in Herning, Denmark on December 15th were witnesses to the talents, courage and determination of people with intellectual disabilities when athlete Jonas B. Sørensen broke a new Danish record during a Special Olympics short-track demonstration. The two Special Olympics heats (50m & 100m freestyle) demonstrated the range of ability levels at Special Olympics from recreational to competitive swimmers. LEN also used the opportunity to speak directly to the 5,000 spectators about the need for more opportunities and better divisioning for athletes with intellectual disabilities to train and compete in swimming. Special Olympics divisioning was demonstrated in the 50m freestyle with the 7 participating swimmers delivering strong results to their different ability levels. The 100m demonstrated Special Olympics Denmark's three higher ability athletes.

About Søren Jul Kristensen : I am National Director for Special Olympics Denmark.

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