Swimmers compete against swimmers of equal ability. Swimmers have integrated very well with able bodied swimming and most of the swimmers with a disability train and compete with able-bodied swim squads, as the events and rules are the same for both groups, with some minor changes to cater for the swimmer’s disability.
Events range from 50m up to 1500m and all strokes.
Swimmers with disabilities compete in a full range of events in all of the four disciplines; butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Swimmers also compete in individual medleys and relays.
Swimmers are classified under the Functional Classification System, which means that swimmers with all physical disabilities compete with one another. Swimmers are classified from S1 – S10, with S1 being the most disabled and S10 being the least disabled.
If you are intressted in trying swimming and would like some more information please contact Wheelchair Sports WA on (08) 6143 5800