Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the 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 variety of disciplines and distances, from 15 meter walk to the 1,000 yard freestyle.
Did you know?
Swimming was first introduced to Special Olympics North Carolina in 1974, making it one of the oldest competition events.
Special Olympics North Carolina sent eight athletes and two coaches to the 1991 Special Olympics International Summer Games in Minneapolis.
- In 2017, Special Olympics North Carolina hosted the first Special Olympics Southeast U.S. Swimming Invitational in Greensboro. Athletes from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia come to compete every April.
- In 2019, Bryan Henry of Wake County placed first in his high performance division at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.