Swimming Opportunities

A. VIRTUS SWIMMING:
Athletes Without Limits provides swimmers with Intellectual Impairment, Autism and Down Syndrome the opportunity to compete at National and International swim meets, including AWL-hosted U.S. Meets, and AWL-USA National Teams competing at Virtus World Championships.

B. PARALYMPIC SWIMMING:
We also determine eligibility for athletes pursuing Paralympic Swimming opportunities in the “S14/SB14” class for Intellectual Impairment at U.S. Paralympic events or other events that follow Paralympic Classification.

The first step for interested athletes is to work with Athletes Without Limits to complete our National eligibility application to determine eligibility for AWL-Virtus and/or Paralympic competition.


A. ATHLETES WITHOUT LIMITS / VIRTUS SWIMMING

AWL HOSTED/SANCTIONED US EVENTS:

Stay tuned for information on upcoming AWL Swimming Events. Past AWL-Hosted or AWL-Sanctioned U.S. events include:

AWL NATIONAL TEAMS COMPETING AT VIRTUS EVENTS:

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport (formerly called Inas) competitors are an elite group of athletes from around the world making great achievements in swimming. See the records and rankings on the Virtus website to see just how fast world champion athletes with intellectual disability are. We are excited to see US swimmers among those rankings since the startup of Athletes Without Limits and look forward to more in years to come.

AWL’s US National Team at 2019 Brisbane Global Games

View our event calendar for upcoming Virtus Swimming events for which Athletes Without Limits will organize US Team Selection and travel including: Virtus World Championships and Global Games. Virtus offers competitions for athletes in three eligibility groups — II1-Intellectual Impairment, II2-Additional Disability/Down Syndrome and II3 Autism (w/IQ of 76 or higher) — and offers a full program of individual swim events, strokes and distances.

Past Virtus Events (in which AWL-USA Teams participated):

AWL Partner Swim Teams
In addition to our National Teams competing at Virtus events, Athletes without limits partners with several local swim teams who share our mission to promote inclusivity and high-level sport for athletes with intellectual impairment:


Leslie Cichocki

AWL’s Leslie Cichocki is the first swimmer with intellectual impairment to qualify for the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team

B. PARALYMPIC SWIMMING

Swimming is one of three Paralympic sports that re-included athletes with intellectual impairment starting with the 2012 London Games. Events vary from developmental regional meets (such as the Fred Lamback Disability Meet in Georgia) to qualifying for U.S. Paralympic Trials and the Paralympic Games. Athletes Without Limits eligibility is the first step for U.S. athletes looking to compete in Paralympic events.

  • Visit our Paralympic Eligibility & Classification Page to learn more about who is eligible to participate in Paralympic-sanctioned and other events that use Paralympic classification for entry.
  • Visit our Paralympic Games page to learn about AWL swimmers with intellectual impairment who have qualified for the Games.

The first step for interested athletes is to work with Athletes Without Limits to complete our National eligibility application to determine eligibility for AWL-Virtus and/or Paralympic competition.