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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. Stay up to date with aquatics news, events and competition results on this page. You'll find links to coaching resources, too. It's all here.


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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, see 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.


News and Stories


mars 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Living and playing unified in Attica

By Joanna Despotopoulou

Special Olympics Hellas athletes receive certificates of appreciation for their participation in the Mainstream Schools National Games.

There was amazing energy and excitement in Attica 22-23 February 2014 as young people from Athens met up with Special Olympics Hellas athletes in so-called Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics.View Story There was amazing energy and excitement in Attica 22-23 February 2014 as young people from Athens met up with Special Olympics Hellas athletes in so-called Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics. The Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs included, for the first time, Special Olympics athletes in Mainstream Schools National Games in Aquatics. The result was a celebration of youth activation that gathered youth together so they could all proclaim “Ime Mesa!” (I’m in!). The President of Special Olympics Hellas, Mrs Joanna Despotopoulou, concluded the day’s events by thanking all those involved, saying “When we play and live unified we create a society where everyone is respected and valued, regardless of their abilities.” At the closing, Mrs Despotopoulou was joined by the President of the Hellenic Federation of Aquatics, Mr Diathesopoulos Dimitrios, to present Certificates of Appreciation to all Special Olympics Hellas athletes.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is president of Special Olympics Hellas.
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mars 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Spain

Coach Unified Sports

By Manel Celeiro

I have been involved in Special Olympics competitions for years, I’m a football and aquatics coach for athletes with ID. Working with them is a privilege.View Story I have been involved in Special Olympics competitions for years, I’m a football and aquatics coach for athletes with ID. Working with them is a privilege. I can blend my two passions in: sports and being a coach, by guiding, helping and managing to increase my athletes’ habilites. And never forgetting that they are a group of people who are constantly teaching you values, principles and experiences. With them, it’s always about new emotions, feelings and realities. Besides, this year I have gone one step forward and I have trained a Unified Football team: I have trained athletes with and without ID and witnessed the relationships, complicities and mutual help that have been established among them. They support each other, they understand each other and they communicate with each other, which works in favour of the integration of athletes with ID within the group and the society, in an environment of equality. The results of the competition are not that important, but should someone ask, we got a silver medal.

About Manel Celeiro:I have been involved in Special Olympics competitions for years, I’m a football and aquatics coach for athletes with ID. Working with them is a privilege.
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septembre 20, 2012 | North America: Virginia

Quel moment!

By Will Schermerhorn

Rose attend que sa partenaire de relais touche le mur.

 
J'étais près de la piscine à Puerto Rico, et je prenais des photos tout en regardant les nageurs qui s'efforçaient, et faisaient les courses de natation avec succès, et des fois devenaient excités en montrant leur déception.
View Story Je prenais des photos au bord de la piscine à Porto Rico, et je regardais les nageurs faire de leur mieux, faire la course, réussir, s’enthousiasmer et montrer leur déception. C'était un mélange d'émotions pour les nageurs, mais pas tellement pour moi - j'étais plus occupé par les détails du cadrage, des angles et de l’instant à capturer. Mais quand j'ai vu l’athlète de Virginie Rose Pleskow de Special Olympics Virginia se mettre en place au départ, pour attendre que sa partenaire de relais touche le mur, mes yeux ont commencé à piquer et j'ai senti une vague d'émotion. Sa partenaire de relais était Susan, sa mère. Je me suis dit que seul lors d’un événement de Special Olympics, une mère et sa fille pouvaient faire équipe ensemble à une compétition internationale de natation. Elles étaient dans le feu de l’action, nageant avec courage, en unissant la force de leurs bras, leurs jambes et leurs poumons, et elles faisaient tous ces efforts en tant que co-équipières. Il y a quelque chose de fondamentalement grandiose dans cela. C'est ce qu'on appelle Sports Unifiés, une initiative de Special Olympics qui permet de réunir des personnes avec et sans déficience intellectuelle. Qui d’autre dans le monde peut éprouver autant d’empathie qu’une mère pour sa fille : Rose et Susan forment certainement une équipe naturelle. En tout cas, quel moment !

About Will Schermerhorn:Je suis photographe et directeur du web Special Olympics. Mon fils Mason est un athlète Special Olympics. Mon fils, Mason est athlète Special Olympics.
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Upcoming Aquatics Events


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Event

Location

mai 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

mai 28 - 30 2015

Michigan State Summer Games

The State Summer Games is the largest Special Olympics Michigan event with 2,600 SOMI athletes along with an additional 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperones, family members, volunteers and spectators attending each year. The State Summer Games is one of six annual statewide competitions for the athletes of Special Olympics Michigan. The Special Olympics Michigan programs are offered at no cost to the athletes or their families. The State Summer Games are proudly presented by SpartanNash, the only Statewide Premiere Gold Medal Sponsor of Special Olympics Michigan.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:(989) 774-4393
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Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

mai 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

mai 6 - juil. 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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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Towson University
8000 York Ave

Towson, Maryland
UNITED STATES

mai 6 - juin 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

mai 6 - juil. 6 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

décembre 06, 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

déc. 6 - juin 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

juin 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

juil. 24 - févr. 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


Jeux canadiens d'été 2014

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, was the largest Canadian Games ever. Athletes competed in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, powerlifting and softball. 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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