Para Swimming in Cheshire East
The UK has a successful track record in securing medals at international Paralympic events, but there are plenty of opportunities at local and regional level also for disabled people to get involved. Read on for more details.
Swimming has been a Paralympic Games event since the first games were held in Rome in 1960. The UK has a great medal record and has athletes competing in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, individual medley and relay events. See profiles for the top UK Paralympians.
Swimming is an inclusive sport and it is not just at Paralympic level that people with disabilities can take part in swimming. There are active programmes at both local and regional level – click here for contact details – and the sport is backed up by its own training framework.
There is a dedicated disability swimming section to the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) programme, the research-based framework underlying the National Programme for Teaching Swimming.
Many of the rules for disability swimming are the same as those for able-bodied competitions. However, small changes can be made depending on disability. The race starting position may change, for example, and other adaptations are allowed.
For visually impaired swimmers this means the use of ‘tappers’. These are people who stand at the end of the pool and use a pole to tap the swimmers when they approach a pool end, indicating when the swimmer should turn around or finish the race.
Changes like this are part of ensuring a level playing field in disability swimming, a key aspect of the sport. Another part of this is ensuring the disabilities of competitors are classified. There are two main forms of classification. Learn about this and all other aspects of the sport through the British Swimming website.
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