Special Olympics Aquatics

Special Olympics aquatics and swimming is popular world wide. The first-ever Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational was held in 2012, and athletes with intellectual disabilities world wide are looking forward to their next regional games in 2013.

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, second, for sports and competition purposes. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays. This spor caters to swimmers of all abilities, from strong, fast competitors to swimmers who find it hard to swim at all.

Swimming events range from 25-meter to 1500-meter events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Special Olympics also offers swimming events for low-ability level athletes. Athletes in every event are grouped by age, gender, and ability. Events offering meaningful inclusion for low-ability level athletes:

25-Meter Freestyle
25-Meter Backstroke
25-Meter Breaststroke
25-Meter Butterfly
15-Meter Walk
15-Meter Floatation Race
25-Meter Floatation Race
10-Meter Assisted Swim
15-Meter Unassisted Swim

Special Olympics also offers Unified Sports® relays in our aquatics program. Unified Sports brings together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to compete as team mates.

Benefits

Increases an athlete's level of physical fitness, teaches self-discipline, teaches sports skills that are essential to a variety of other activities, provides a means for self-expression and social interaction.

The range of events is intended to offer competition opportunities for athletes of all abilities.

Official events available in Special Olympics

Individual Events (all distances are in meters)

Walk

Flotation

Assisted Swim

Unassisted Swim

Freestyle

Backstroke

Breaststroke

Butterfly

Individual Medley

15m

15m, 25m

10m

15m

25m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m

25m, 50m, 100m, 200m

25m, 50m, 100m, 200m

25m, 50m, 100m, 200m

100m, 200m, 400m

Relay events (all distances are in meters)

Freestyle

Medley

Unified Sports®:

Freestyle

Medley

4 x 25, 4 x 50, 4 x 100, 4 x 200

4 x 25, 4 x 50, 4 x 100


4 x 25, 4 x 50, 4 x 100, 4 x 200

4 x 25, 4 x 50, 4 x 100


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This work is a derivative of the Special Olympics Org. Aquatics Sport Center page.



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