Sports Summary

Since the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy, in 1960, Para-swimming has been a feature of the Paralympic program. Like the Olympic Games, competitors measure their skills in backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and medley events.

Male and female athletes with a physical, vision or intellectual impairment are eligible to compete. Athletes are classified based on their functional ability to perform each stroke.

The International Swimming Federation’s rules are followed with a few modifications, such as optional platform or in-water starts for some races, and the use of signals or ‘tappers’ for swimmers with a vision impairment. No prostheses or assistive devices are permitted.

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Events & Disciplines

Athletes can contest the 50m and 100m backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x50m and 4x100m freestyle, 150m and 200m individual medley, and 4x100m medley relay.

Classification

Who is eligible to compete in Para-swimming?

Athletes with a physical, vision or intellectual impairment

What are the classes?

Athletes are given classifications with the prefix ‘S’ for backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events, ‘SB’ for breaststroke events, and ‘SM’ for medley events. They are also assigned a number that represents their level of functional ability.

Athletes with a physical impairment are represented in the classes S/SB/SM 1-10, athletes with a vision impairment in the classes S/SB/SM 11-13, and athletes with an intellectual impairment in the classes S/SB/SM 14.

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Rules & Equipment

Athletes are required to wear a bathing suit that does not aid their speed, buoyancy or endurance.

Swimming caps and goggles are permitted.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2016 9 10 10 29
2012 18 7 12 37
2008 9 11 9 29
2004 6 14 15 35
2000 14 15 21 50
1996 16 16 12 44
1992 10 12 13 35
1988 5 12 14 31
1984 20 30 24 74
1980 1 8 2 11
1976 3 5 2 10
1972 1 3 5 9
1968 5 5 1 11
1964 9 2 2 13
1960 2 0 0 2
Joshua Alford

Joshua Alford

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Michael Anderson

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Jesse Aungles

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Emily Beecroft

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Liam Bekric

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Blake Cochrane

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Ellie Cole

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Rowan Crothers

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Katja Dedekind

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Timothy Disken

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Maddison Elliott

Maddison Elliott

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Daniel Fox

Daniel Fox

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Matthew Haanappel

Matthew Haanappel

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Brenden Hall

Brenden Hall

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Guy Harrison-Murray

Guy Harrison-Murray

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Timothy Hodge

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Tanya Huebner

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Braedan Jason

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Jenna Jones

Jenna Jones

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Ahmed Kelly

Ahmed Kelly

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Paige Leonhardt

Paige Leonhardt

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Matt Levy

Matt Levy

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Jeremy McClure

Jeremy McClure

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Ashleigh McConnell

Ashleigh McConnell

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Monique Murphy

Monique Murphy

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Lakeisha Patterson

Lakeisha Patterson

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Rick Pendleton

Rick Pendleton

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Logan Powell

Logan Powell

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Sean Russo

Sean Russo

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Liam Schluter

Liam Schluter

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Madeleine Scott

Madeleine Scott

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Jacob Templeton

Jacob Templeton

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Tiffany Thomas Kane

Tiffany Thomas Kane

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Rachael Watson

Rachael Watson

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Prue Watt

Prue Watt

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Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic Para-swimming Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below