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Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is a life skill that is taught, first to ensure safety and secondly for sports and competition purposes.

Special Olympics New Zealand has a very active swimming programme with many clubs offering it as an option.

Swimmers may participate in individual races in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly at distances from 25m to 1500m. Teams may compete in medley and freestyle relay events.

Swimmers of lower ability may compete in developmental events such as walking, flotation, assisted and unassisted events.

Interested in open water swimming?

Click here to watch a television special about the Special Olympic North Harbour Club and its young swim coach.

Read about Special Olympics Bay of Islands' swimming team.

Coaching resources:

For more information about swimming please contact:

National Office

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