Swimming was first introduced to Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) in 1974, making it one of the oldest competition events. Throughout the past 35 years, swimming has become one of the most popular sports and a staple event at Summer Games.
- Swimming Calendar
- SONC Summer Games Order of Events
- USA Swimming Disability Resources Web page (mostly geared towards physical disabilities and hearing/visually impaired, but still good information)
- USA Swimming Webinar on Swimmers with Disabilities
- Special Olympics Quick Start Coaching Guide
- Special Olympics Coaching Guide
- Other SOI Coaching Resources
SONC offers competition in 33 different swimming events, ranging in distances from 15 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 all 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 all levels are eligible for one relay team event.
15m Assisted Swim
15m Unassisted Swim
25y Floatation Device
25y Assisted Swim
100y Individual Medley
100y/200y Individual Medley
Relay Team Events (Traditional & Unified Sports)
4×25/4×50 Freestyle Relay
4×50 Medley Relay
SONC Summer Games takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.
Many local programs host invitationals in the spring. Check out the listing of invitationals offered on this page. For programs looking to host an invitational, a suggestion for Order of Events can be found here.
Craven County April Showers Swim Meet – April 14, 2018
Special Olympics Craven County will be hosting a swim invitational on April 14, 2018 at the Twin Rivers YMCA, 100 YMCA Ln, New Bern, NC 28560. This event is open to interested counties. Registration will close on Friday, March 30, 2018. There will be a $10 cost per athlete. For more information on how to register, contact Steven Aster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational in Greensboro, NC – April 22, 2018
Don’t miss the premier swim meet of the season! Featuring Special Olympics programs from the southeast U.S., competition will be exciting! Please visit the Special Olympics U.S. Southeast Swimming Invitational web page for more detailed information.
Western Swimming Invitational – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Buncombe and Haywood will be hosting a Western Swimming Invitational at Waynesville Rec Center on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Durham County Swimming Invitational – Saturday, May 19, 2018
Durham County will be hosting a Swimming Invitational on Saturday, May 19. Registration in limited, please contact email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
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 the Sports Department.
Colleen Gillan, Swimming SDT Director
New Bern, NC