What is it?
Swimming has been one of the main Adaptive Sports since World War II. Competitors measure their skills in Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly, Breaststroke and Medley events. Males and Females of all ages with either a physical disability or blindness/visual impairment compete against each other. Athletes are classified based on their functional ability to perform each stroke. The international governing body is the International Swimming Federation (FINA). The FINA rules are followed with a few modifications, such as optional platform or in-water starts for some races and the use of signals or ‘tappers’ for swimmers with blindness/visual impairment; however, no prostheses or assistive devices are permitted.
Who can play?
Anyone with a disability.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 23:30