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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


February 18, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaica Observer: Lions film crew captures Special Olympics swim meet

By Lorna Bell

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.View Story 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. The crew was in the island to film a number of our events, including Healthy Athletes Screening, Special Olympics Jamaica unified basketball and unified floor ball. The swimming featured 16 events and SOJ aquatics director Gabriel Heron said athletes provided spirited competition. Female swimmer Kadian Ingleton starred the show by winning all six events she participated in. She was particularly outstanding in the 100-metre freestyle with a time of 1:41.79. The top male athlete was Leon Barclay, who won three events. He was eye-catching in the 50-metre breaststroke with a time of 51.15.

About Lorna Bell:I am the executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica.
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February 09, 2015 | Middle East North Africa: Libya

Libyan swimmer, Noman Al-Sadik Felfel (The World Champion) and his journey of achievements

By Noha Gaballah

Noman was born in 1971 with ID (DS) in a family of 11 members. He started practicing swimming since his early childhood, at the age of 4. He is very sociable and has a sense of humor that takes the heart of whoever sees his kind spirit and cheerful smile that does not leave his lips.View Story Noman was born in 1971 with Down syndrome in a family of 11 members. He started practicing swimming in his early childhood, at the age of 4. He is very sociable and has a sense of humor that takes the heart of whoever sees his kind spirit and cheerful smile that does not leave his lips. He was the first athlete to join Special Olympics Libya in 1998 and from here started the journey of his consecutive achievements:- His first world participation was in the World Summer Games in the United States. He grabs the attention and makes a memorable achievement for Libya after winning 2 silver medals. This success was a superior matter for the advancement of sports of people with disabilities in Libya. After that, he participated in many successive regional and World games whereby he won many gold & silver medals in Tunisia, UAE, Syria, China and Greece. After that, he was chosen as the global messenger for Special Olympics Libya. He took parts in many international conferences where he was introduced as a role model for people with intellectual disabilities.

About Noha Gaballah:I am an editor with Special Olympics in the Middle East-North Africa office in Cairo.
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January 15, 2015 | Asia Pacific: Australia

My Experience

By Frances Joynt

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.View Story 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. I have excelled in many competitions and races, I have been to the ACT, Adelaide, Canberra and also participated in the National games here in Melbourne, in Albert Park 2014. As of last year ( 2014 ) I was also part of the Athletes Leadership Program, encouraging other people with intellectual disabilities to join up, become athletes, volunteers or coaches, I have graduated from a weekend course on this and now I am a spokesperson or Ambassador for Special Olympics. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the people in my region and in other regions too, I love the experiences I have with other fellow athletes, Coaches, volunteers and families. I would definitely like to encourage others to take up this opportunity to beome a part of SpecialOlympics.

About Frances Joynt:Hello everyone, My name is Frances Joynt, but you can call me Francesca. I grew up in Camberwell but moved to Wattle Glen, and then from there to Watsonia. I am currently a student at TAFE doing a second year doing Certificate 1 in Work education, and I am also trying to find work at the same time, hopefully in office work but before I do that I need to find part time work doing something else to pass the time so I can start saving up my money for other important things. I am a member of Watermarc Leisure centre in Greensborough and go to church at All Saints Anglican church regularly, I take part in services and help with the tea and coffee afterwards. I follow the Melbourne Demons footy club but i'm not a member as yet. My favourite singer of all time is Guy Sebastian because I love his singing and his music, and I would really like to meet him some day.
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Aquatics Events


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Location

March 14, 2015

Windham Invitational Swim Meet

Want to experience aquatics competition in its purest form? Come to Windham High School in Willimantic, Connecticut on March 14th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there in the pool. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Windham High School
Willimantic, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

March 21, 2015

Multi-State Aquatics Invitational

Join us March 21st at Pullen Aquatics Center in Raleigh, North Carolina as our as 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.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Pullen Aquatics Center
410 Ashe Avenue

Raleigh, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 11, 2015

West Aquatics Qualifier - Huntersville

Want to experience aquatics competition in its purest form? Come to Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics in Huntersville, North Carolina on April 11th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there in the pool. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Huntersville Fitness & Aquatics
11725 Verhoeff Dr

Huntersville, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 18, 2015

Central Aquatics Qualifier - Greensboro

Join us April 18th at Greensboro Aquatics Center in Greensboro, North Carolina as our as athletes compete and showcase 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.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Greensboro Aquatics Center
1921 West Lee St

Greensboro, North Carolina
UNITED STATES

April 19, 2015

Regional Swim Meet

Join us April 19th at North Charleston Pool in North Charleston, South Carolina as our as athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Traditional swim events and unified relays will be offered for this regional competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Darline Brogdon
Email:darline.amb@hotmail.com
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North Charleston Pool
North Charleston, South Carolina
UNITED STATES

May 15 - 16 2015

Tennessee State Summer Games

The 2015 Tennessee State Summer Games will be held May 15th and 16th in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 2,500 athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members will attend the two day event. Athletes will compete in seven sports: aquatics, athletics, bocce, Unified bocce, powerlifting, tennis, and Unified volleyball.
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Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee
UNITED STATES

May 19 - 22 2015

Montana State Summer Games

Join us for the Montana State Summer Games centered in Missoula and the surrounding area. Special events and competition will include bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling, track & field, and golf. Athletes work hard to get to the Games. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they are ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition. They will not disappoint!
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Various Venues
Missoula, Montana
UNITED STATES

May 21 - 23 2015

Arkansas State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games will be held at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. This event will bring together over 2,000 athletes and 500 coaches from across the state. This our largest event of the year, Summer Games features competition in aquatics, athletics, bocce, unified bocce, flag football, golf, powerlifting and team softball. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches, and volunteers.
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Special Olympics Arkansas
Phone:501-771-0222
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Harding University
Searcy, Arkansas
UNITED STATES

May 28 - 30 2015

South Dakota State Summer Games

This will be our 47th annual State Summer Games Competition. Approximately 600 athletes are expected to compete in athletics, aquatics, team soccer, individual soccer skills, powerlifting and volleyball. See you there!
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Johna Thum
Email:jthum@sosd.org
Phone:605-331-4117
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South Dakota State University Campus
Brookings, South Dakota
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Missouri State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 for the 2015 Missouri State Summer Games in Springfield Missouri as our athletes showcase their skills over 3 days of sports competition. Athletes will compete in aquatics, soccer, track and field, powerlifting, and volleyball. For more details about the event please refer to link and contact info below.
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Susan Shaffer
Email:shaffer@somo.org
Phone:573-635-1660
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Springfield, Missouri
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Vermont State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Vermont Summer Games will involve over 400 athletes and partners. Competition will take place at the University of Vermont athletic facilities (aquatics, athletics, bocce) and the Williston Recreation Fields (softball). Two other staple events at the Summer Games will include our Healthy Athletes program and the culmination of our Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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Various Venues
Fairfax, Vermont
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Rhode Island State Summer Games

Join us May 29-31 at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island as over 1,500 athletes from across the state of Rhode Island compete in athletics, aquatics, cycling, bowling, motor activities training program, soccer, and powerlifting! For more details please use the contact information below.
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Chris Hopkins
Email:chris@specialolympicsri.org
Phone:(401) 349-4900
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University of Rhode Island
45 Upper College Road

Kingston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

May 29 - 31 2015

Hawaii State Summer Games

Over 1,000 Athletes and Coaches from throughout the state will participate in our Summer Games at the University of Hawaii and Central Oahu Regional Park. Athletes began training in February and are competing in Area and Regional competitions from the end of March through the beginning of May in preparation for the Summer Games. Competition will be held in powerlifting, softball, swimming and track and field.
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Special Olympics Hawaii
Phone:808-943-8808
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University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
UNITED STATES

Jun 4 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 6 2015

2015 Special Olympics Nevada Summer Games

Four hundred athletes and their volunteer coaches will come together at the University of Nevada, Reno to experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Nevada. After weeks of training and participating at a qualifying competition, athletes will compete in aquatics or track & field in state-of-the-art collegiate athletic facilities on the UNR campus. Over 500 volunteers were on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend. Summer Games is the culminating Championship for aquatics and track & field and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Nevada. The minimum age of the competitors is 8 years of age and there is no age limit cap. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.
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Harry Mong
Email:HarryM@sonv.org
Phone:702-635-8237
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University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia St.

Reno, Nevada
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Colorado State Summer Games

This years Summer Games will be held in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University. This event is the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The event brings together athletes from across the state to compete in five sports: athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer.
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Special Olympics Colorado
Email:beafan@SpecialOlympicsCO.org
Phone:720-359-3100
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Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

West Virginia State Summer Games

Special Olympics West Virginia Summer Games are the pinnacle of competition. Approximately 700 Special Olympics athletes from throughout West Virginia will gather in Charleston to compete in track and field, swimming, golf, tennis, baggo (corn-hole), bocce, and softball. Out incredible athletes will inspire everyone with their courage, determination, and skills.
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Various Venues
Charleston, West Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Massachusetts State Summer Games

The official start of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games begins with the traditional Opening Ceremony at Boston University. Highlights include remarks from special guests, one of our athletes acting as master of ceremonies, the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Massachusetts flag relay and presentation and finally the culminating Torch Lighting Ceremony, by the Guardians of the Flame–our partners in the LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Saturday morning the games will begin on the grounds of the Harvard University athletic facilities, surrounding historic Harvard Stadium. Over 1,900 ATHLETES compete in the sports of aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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Matt Ruxton
Email:Matt.Ruxton@SpecialOlympicsMA.org
Phone:508-485-0986 Ext. 22
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Boston University and Harvard Athletic Complex
Boston, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 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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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Kansas State Summer Games

Join us June 5-7 at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas as our athletes participate and show their skill over 3 days of aquatics, athletics and tennis competition. See you there!
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Tim Rehder
Email:rehdert@ksso.org
Phone:913-236-9290 X 108
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Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
UNITED STATES

June 12, 2015

Virgina State Summer Games

Summer Games, our largest State Games, is nothing short of legendary thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 3,000 local volunteers who brave the summer heat to assist more than 1,300 Special Olympics Virginia athletes each June. Athletes come from all corners of the state to compete in bocce, swimming, softball, track & field, bowling, powerlifting, and tennis at the University of Richmond and surrounding venues in Richmond. We are fortunate to have all of our Event Volunteer needs assigned for this year's Summer Games. We are currently recruiting Volunteer to Cheer fans and Medical Team members!
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University of Richmond and surrounding venues
Richmond , Virginia
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 14 2015

Illinois State 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

Jun 26 - 28 2015

2015 Northern California Summer Games

Summer Games is the culminating competition for our spring sports season and is one of the largest Special Olympics sporting competitions in Northern California. After weeks of training and competing at a Regional competition, athletes will compete in aquatics, bocce, tennis or track & field. Over 1,200 volunteers will be on hand to fill a variety of volunteer positions over the course of the weekend. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
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Jeff Ruthenberg
Email:JeffR@sonc.org
Phone:916-375-1930
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UC Davis
One Shileld Pl.

Davis, California
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 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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2014 European Summer Games

The Special Olympics European Summer Games featured 10 sports and 58 delegations, making the 2014 Games one of the largest ever. See stories and results


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 competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


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. See results from the competition.


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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