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.

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.

Swim Staff

Celeste Schertz

Celeste Sychterz

AWL National/Masters Swim Program Director, AWL Board of Directors, Inas Swiming Committee, Assistant Coach USA Paralympic Team
Florida
Fred Lamback

Fred Lamback

AWL National Swim Coach
Georgia
Tracy Collett

Tracy Collett

AWL National Swim Coach
Georgia
Coach Pat Thoreson

Pat Thoreson

Nautical Milers Athletes Without Limits Affiliate Swim Team
Georgia
Barry Holman

Barry Holman

Triathlon Coach
Oregon & Florida