|Aquatics was first introduced to Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) in 1974, making it one of the oldest competition events. Throughout the past 35 years, aquatics has become one of the most popular sports and a staple event at Summer Games.
SONC offers competition in 28 different aquatics events, ranging in distances from 10 meters to 1,500 meters, and featuring all strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle).
Individual events are offered for all strokes, and relay events are offered to athletes in two of three levels. SONC offers walking and flotation events for athletes of lower ability.
SONC also offers relay events in the Unified Sports model, featuring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities (called Unified Partners) to compete together.
Athletes may select up to three events from Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3, but must stay within their level. Athletes competing in Level 2 or Level 3 events are eligible for on relay team event.
Relay Team Events (Traditional & Unified Sports)
Aquatics qualifiers are designed to help division (a competitive grouping by age, gender and ability) athletes for state-level events. Attendance at an aquatics qualifier is mandatory for athletes in order to advance to state-level competition. Qualifiers for aquatics take place typically in April.
SONC Summer Games is the state-level competition features six sports and takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend after Memorial Day.
The Special Olympics Multi-State Aquatics Invitational is hosted by Special Olympics Wake County. This event features aquatics athletes from surrounding states, as well as some from as far as Ohio. It is typically held in late March.
All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.
Multi-State Aquatics Invitational Event & Registration Information
Summer Games Sport Registration Forms
Below are the sport-specific registration forms which must be submitted by the local program coordinator along with the remainder of the Summer Games registration.
Summer Games Aquatics Entry Instructions
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the aquatics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.
Colleen Gillan, Aquatics SDT Director
In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. Contact the clinician in your area if you would like to schedule a training (their county of residence is located under their name). For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.