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Open Water Swimming Sport Center

This page draws together open water swimming-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Open water swimming in Greece.

Open water swimming debuted at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece as a demonstration sport. Open water swimming involves swimming in rivers, lakes, seas or the ocean, where deep water, lack of lane markings, waves, currents, wind and other natural elements test the swimmer. Find more resources, stories and upcoming events related to swimming in general by visiting the Swimming page.


Open Water Swimming News and Stories


November 13, 2014 | North America: Bonaire

Open Water For Special Olympics

By George DeSalvo

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Bonaire’s first participation was in the 1998 games in North Carolina. Since then our team has traveled the world every four years to Ireland, China and other places. Next year they go to Los Angeles, US.View Story Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing. Bonaire’s first participation was in the 1998 games in North Carolina. Since then our team has traveled the world every four years to Ireland, China and other places. Next year they go to Los Angeles, US. Bonaire has strong, experienced athletes and dedicated volunteers who provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

About George DeSalvo:I am the Publisher of The Bonaire Reporter, our island's English language newspaper. We have a story you can use, go to www.bonairenews.com and get current story on pg 8. We have been supporter for almost 20 years.
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September 11, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

46 Years of Empowerment “Training for Sports Performance” Program

By Kester Edwards

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The Special Olympics Training For Sports Performance program is a Special Olympics sports development program that provides sports-specific coaches education in Open Water Swimming, Beach and Indoor Volleyball.View Story The Special Olympics Training For Sports Performance (TFSP) program is a Special Olympics sports development program that provides sports-specific coaches education in Open Water Swimming, Beach and Indoor Volleyball. There was an emphasis to focused on the following sports science topics; sports injury prevention, sports nutrition and sports psychology. That was held September 28 to 31, 2014 with Special Olympics Singapore. The TFSP drives our global goal to have athletes train multiple times per week! We pilot two new tools that is call Special Olympics Athlete Development Model (ADM) is a support plan designed to empower each of our athletes so they can experience the joy of reaching their full potential. The model promotes motor and skill development as well as health and fitness, while preparing athletes for competition at all levels. The Coach Development Model (CDM) and provide a framework for all SO Programs to certify coaches and recognizes specific coach qualifications. Following the CDM, SO Programs recruit and train coaches to fit into the SOI Athlete Development Model (ADM). Coaches trained under the CDM support a lifelong sport experience for our SO athletes along their different sports development paths. The CDM model also offers guidance and new ideas on how best to work with local sports governing bodies to train and certify coaches. The CDM delivers optimum sports experiences to athletes at all levels and trains coaches to provide excellent instruction, advice, and motivation. It also allows us to develop our unique Unified Sports coaches. The seminar participants came various Programs from around Asia Pacific to Singapore, from as far away as New Zealand, China, Beijing, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Korea and China, Fuzhou. The education was provided through classroom training and discussion, conducted in the morning, and afternoon through Pool and Ocean Open Water Swimming training, Beach Volleyball.

About Kester Edwards:Kester Edwards work in the Sport Department at Special Olympics Inc.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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