Know your facts:
- Swimming has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1968
- Unified Sports? No
- Estimated number of athletes participating: 482
The four swimming styles are butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle.
Special Olympics feature:
Our swimming rules are based on those of the "Fédération Internationale de Natation" (FINA), but slightly adapted. For example, swimmers are allowed to wear swimwear not approved by FINA for medical and religious reasons.
We have 20 disciplines:
- Category 1:
25m freestyle - 25m backstroke - 25m breaststroke - 50m butterfly - 50m breaststroke - 50m freestyle - 50m backstroke
- Category 2:
100m freestyle - 100m backstroke - 100m butterfly - 100m breaststroke - 100m medley - 200m freestyle - 200m breaststroke - 400m freestyle
- Category 3:
800m freestyle - 1500m freestyle
- Relay Events:
4 x 25m freestyle - 4 x 50m freestyle - 4 x 50m medley
By the way:
A starter’s button or electronic tone starter unit with a strobe light is recommended for hearing-impaired athletes.