Swimming


Athlete Spotlight: Orlando Swimmer Jesse Greve

Jesse Greve
Welcome back to #WithoutLimitsWednesday, where every week we feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena It All Comes Back to Swimming Jesse Greve is an Orlando resident and member of the Athletes Without Limits U.S. Masters Swim Team. From the age of 15, his mother Barb has coached him by modifying drills and techniques to fit Jesse’s particular disabilities. They train every morning, bright and early at the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center where Barb works with ...

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Athlete Spotlight: Georgia Swimmer J.R. Douglas

J.R. Douglas
Welcome back to #WithoutLimitsWednesday, where every week we feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena Exposure is Everything With his naturally broad frame, wide shoulders and brawny arms, J.R. Douglas is built for power. However, you won’t find this Jonesboro, Georgia-native putting hits on any quarterbacks or crushing any over the center-field wall. Instead he saves all of his strength and energy for the moment it’s time to dive off the block and into ...

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Athlete Spotlight: Multi-Sport Oregonian Sara Slawta

Sara Slawta
Welcome back to #WithoutLimitsWednesday, where every week we feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena For this week’s athlete spotlight we stay in the pool but move to the west coast to introduce Talent, Oregon’s most talented: Sara Slawta. Anyone who meets Sara will attest to her affable presence and smile that lights up a whole room. At first glance, many may not expect that behind such a kind young woman is a very gifted and decorated world-class ...

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Athlete Spotlight: Florida Swimmer Ian Soules

Ian Soules Photo
We are pleased to announce our brand new #WithoutLimitsWednesday initiative! Every week we will feature the story and achievements of one of our talented athletes — who they are, what they love, and how they got there... by Frank E. Barberena Our first Athletes Without Limits athlete in the spotlight is Ian Mark Soules from Orlando, Florida. Like many young people with autism, Ian had a difficult time fitting in and feeling included growing up. It was challenging to make friends or understand the other kids, and they seemed to have a hard time understanding his ...

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2017 Athletes Without Limits Swimming Nationals Results

Congratulations to all the swimmers who recently competed in the 2017 Athletes Without Limits Long-Course & Open Water Swimming Nationals in Atlanta Georgia July 6-9th. In addition to being the National Championships for S14 swimmers with intellectual disability, the event was the first in the US to include two new Inas pilot classes for athletes with Down's Syndrome and athletes with Autism+. To learn more about the criteria visit our eligibility page. Special thanks to the Athletes, Families, Officials, Volunteers, Cherokee Aquatic Center Staff, Georgia Games ...

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Athletes Without Limits relocates National headquarters to Bend Oregon

The move was made in large part due to Bend’s abundance of training opportunities and facilities, access to outdoor recreation, active lifestyle, and the community’s ethos for volunteerism.

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2016 Rio Paralympics Filled with “Firsts” for US Athletes with Intellectual Disability

Rio 2016 Paralympics Logo
The 2016 Rio Paralympic was filled with firsts for US para-athletes with intellectual disability. On the very same day of competition both Brianna Clark and Michael Brannigan became the first US athletes with intellectual disability to medal at the Parlympics. Clark handily won the Gold in the Women's 400m with a time of 57.79 and Brannigan took Gold in the men's 1500m with a time of 3:51.73. Tysheem Griffin was also selected to the team and competed in the men's 400m following strong medal performances at the 2015 Inas Global Games in Ecuador and 2016 US Paralympics ...

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Coach Patrick Thoreson Honored by US Masters Swimming

Ecuador Swimming US Team
Wins Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award For Immediate Release: September 1, 2016 Contact: Barry Holman (202) 544-0510 Athletes Without Limits’ Global Games US Swim Coach and  Head Coach of the Atlanta-based Nautical Milers AWL Affiliate Swim Team, Patrick Thoreson, has been awarded the prestigious United States Masters Swimming “Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award” for 2016. The award, created by the USMS Coaches’ Committee in 2008, recognizes the top US Masters swim coaches in the county. Thoreson, aka “Coach Pat,” from Atlanta, GA, was inspired to start a ...

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US Team Prepares for 2015 Inas Global Games Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador
Top US athletes are preparing to take on the world at the 2015 Inas Global Games in Quito, Ecuador September 20 - 27. The US will be led by reigning tennis world champions Brittany Taglareni (singles), her doubles partner Katherine Richards and 2011 Global Games defending cycling champion Syd Lea. The US will field teams in track and field, swimming, tennis, cycling and basketball. Over 1000 athletes from 40 countries are expected to compete in the pre-eminant elite sports competition for athletes with intellectual disability. "We are very proud of the US athletes ...

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Brisbane to host 2019 INAS Global Games

Brisbane, AUS
For Immediate Release: 12th June 2015 Learn more on our Athlete Without Limits Global Games page. INAS – the International Federation for sport for para-athletes with an intellectual disability – has selected Brisbane, Australia to host the 5th INAS Global Games in 2019. The Games – a week long championship featuring nine sports – will attract more than 1000 of the world’s elite athletes with an intellectual disability. The opening ceremony will take place on 19th October 2019. Sport Inclusion Australia (formerly AUSRAPID) is the INAS member ...

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