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. Swimming covers a great variety of skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays.

Because of the wide array of events offered, aquatics is appropriate for a range of ages and ability levels. Swimming competition events are conducted with a variety of strokes. Special Olympics also offers events for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic aquatics skills. The development of these basic skills are necessary to progress to other competitive events.

Special Olympics Washington currently offers Swim training in all 16 of its areas.

FUN FACTS: Swimming was an event at the first Special Olympics International Games held in Chicago, Illinois, in 1968. At the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Dublin, Ireland, 573 athletes representing 97 Special Olympics programs competed in swimming.

Local Community Contacts

Capitol Area Director
Cheyenne Baird (Interim Director)

Cascade Area Director
Punkie Doyle

Columbia River Area Director
Barry Gill; Elizabeth Francis
Barry.gill@pkinetics.com; Elizabeth.francis@outlook.com

King County Area Director
Chad VanderPoel

North Central Area Director
Tim Toon (Interim Director)

Northeast Area Director
Tim Toon

Peninsula Area Director
Wendy Bonham

Southeast Area Director
Lori Landrus

Tri-Cities Area Director
Donna Tracy

Valley Area Director
Tim McDonald

Upcoming Swimming Events