Swimming

Physical and Social Development

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in world. Unlike other sports, swimming is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays.

Resources

Provincial Sport Organization:  Swim Alberta
Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

Swimming Events

Freestyle

  • 25m Freestyle (Men and Women)
  • 50m Freestyle (Men and Women)
  • 100m Freestyle (Men and Women)
  • 200m Freestyle (Men and Women)
  • 400m Freestyle (Men and Women)

Breaststroke

  • 25m Breaststroke (Men and Women)
  • 50m Breaststroke (Men and Women)
  • 100m Breaststroke (Men and Women)
  • 200m Breaststroke (Men and Women)

Butterfly

  • 25m Butterfly (Men and Women)
  • 50m Butterfly (Men and Women)
  • 100m Butterfly (Men and Women)
  • 200m Butterfly (Men and Women)

Backstroke

  • 25m Backstroke (Men and Women)
  • 50m Backstroke (Men and Women)
  • 100m Backstroke (Men and Women)
  • 200m Backstroke (Men and Women)

Individual Medley

  • 100m Individual Medley (Men and Women)
  • 200m Individual Medley (Men and Women)

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 154

Coaches and Mission Staff: 43

Communities Competing

  • Airdrie
  • Brooks
  • Calgary
  • Camrose
  • Edmonton
  • Foothills
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lacombe
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Olds & District
  • Red Deer
  • St. Albert

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Venue: Family Leisure Center

Venue For: Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

 

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566

 

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Center

Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566