Swimming Opportunities

Athletes Without Limits provides high-level swimmers with intellectual impairment the opportunity to compete at high-level national and international swim meets, including the Paralympics.

 
September 2015 Inas Global Games Ecuador
Global Games 2015The Global Games draw the world’s top athletes with intellectual impairment competing in nine sports. Some events are qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. This year’s games take place in Quito, Ecuador while the 2019 Games are scheduled for Brisbane, Australia.

The Cost of Creating Champions
Athletes Without Limits covers a portion of the event costs for Global Games, however, with so many US athletes attending (35 athletes and 15 staff in 5 sports) athletes and their families have considerable out-of-pocket costs to travel to the event. They need your support today!

INAS Swimming
Inas competitors are an elite group of athletes from around the world making great achievements in swimming. See the world records and rankings on the Inas website to see just how fast world champion athletes with intellectual disability are. We are excited to see US swimmers among those rankings for the first time since the startup of Athletes Without Limits and look forward to more in years to come. View our event calendar for upcoming Inas Swimming events including Inas World Championships and Global Games.

Paralympic Swimming
Following the November 2009 vote to re-include athletes with intellectual disability into Paralympic competition, IPC Swimming is one of the inclusive sports. US swimmers with intellectual disability have the opportunity to qualify to compete in US Paralympic meets here in the United States and try to earn a spot on Team USA to compete at the Paralympic Games and World Championships.

The first step toward step toward Paralympic classification is meeting INAS eligibility criteria, which is managed by Athletes Without Limits in the US. The Paralympic swimming class for athletes with intellectual disability is “14.” The Prefix S to the class denotes the class for Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly (ex: S14); The Prefix SB to the class denotes the class for Breaststroke (e.g.” SB14); The Prefix SM to the class denotes the class for Individual Medley (e.g. SM14).

For a complete list of US Paralympic Swimming Events which are now open to athletes with intellectual disability (Class S14, SB14, SM14) visit www.usparalympics.org.

Inclusive Swimming Opportunities in the US
Athletes Without Limits supports the identification and development of US swimmers with intellectual disability competing in mainstream sport (ex as part of their high school team and/or competitive swim clubs and teams). The US Swimming website provides a list of swimming clubs by area. For athletes aged 18 and over the US Masters Swimming website also provides a list of swimming clubs. Please contact us with any questions.

Make a Donation to our US Swim Program

Support US athletes headed to events throughout the World

Donate Online: To make a donation that will be distributed among the Swim Team’s costs, go to our team’s fundraising page using the button above.

Donate by Check: If you like to donate to the swim team by check, download a Swim Donation Form which provides mailing instructions.

Corporate Sponsorship: Companies may benefit from a regional or national partnership with Athletes Without Limits. Learn more.

Friends and family who wish to help cover costs for a specific athlete can give their gift directly to the athlete’s family or to Athletes Without Limits. However, please note that paying costs for a specific individual is considered a personal gift, not a tax-deductable donation according to the laws governing 501(c)3 public charities.

Swim Staff

Coach Pat Thoreson

Pat Thoreson

Head Coach of Nautical Milers Athletes Without Limits Affiliate Swim Team
Georgia
Tracy Collett

Tracy Collett

2015 Global Games US Swim Coach
Georgia
Celeste Schertz

Celeste Sychterz

Swim Team Manager & Fundraising
Florida

Swimmers with International Eligibility (Inas/IPC)

The swimmers below have full eligibility and are on the Inas Master list.

The good news is we have so many athletes that our swimmer's bios section is still under construction.

Abbey Burns

Swimming
Illinois

Andy Miyares

Swimming

David Reisert

Swimming

Duncan Moss

Swimming

Fiona Buck

Swimming

Gail Morning

Swimming

Gina Grant

Swimming

Harper Scott

Swimming

Hunter McKorkle

Swimming

Ian Soules

Swimming

Jacob Kipke

Swimming

Jared Ulrey

Swimming

Jared Ulrey

Swimming

Jessie Greve

Swimming

Jonathan Sady

Swimming

Jordon Samford

Swimming
Leslie Cichocki

Leslie Cichocki

Swimming
Illinois

Maria D'Andrea

Swimming

Matt Jones

Swimming

Nicolas Perry

Swimming

Peter An

Swimming

Richard Mazur

Swimming

Samantha Cousins

Swimming
Sara Slawta

Sara Slawta

Cycling, Swimming
Oregon
Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert

Swimming, Rowing
Florida

Sean Concepcion

Swimming

Tyler Austin

Swimming

Swimmers with National Eligibility

Currently 46 athletes have National Level Eligibility — Bios Coming Soon

Sungho An

Swimming