World Championship Albufeira, Portugal

11th December 2021

Greetings all

Trust that you are all keeping well in-spite-of the new Covid variant.  I hope that the latter has not disrupted your Christmas plans.   So many families have been devastated, including mine, by the travel bans.

The Programme of  Events and Minimum Qualifying Standards for the World Championships next year in Albufeira, Portugal are now available on our website http://www.dsiso.org/event/10th-down-syndrome-world-swimming-championshps/  .   Early next year the information package will be published.

Our Technical Director, Carla, had a site meeting in Albufeira in November.  The organizers are going all out to make this an amazing event.    Good news –   Carla persuaded the organizers to extend the programme to five days.  In the “early days” of DSISO we used to have a 5-day programme, but over the years it was changed to 4 days.    A big thank you to Carla.

A reminder from Lolli, Artistic Director, to consider entering Artistic swimmers.   If you start training swimmers from the beginning of the year, they will be ready to compete in Portugal.  Poland showed us that it can be done.   After our Webinar earlier this year, when Lolli did an Artistic presentation, Poland decided to introduce Artistic to their programme.   At the European Champs in Ferrara in October, they entered 2 artistic swimmers.  They put on an excellent performance and  Matylda Baginska won the Duo Free event  –   only having trained for 6 months.  Contact Lolli should you need any assistance  –   [email protected]

All the results from the European Champs are up on the website  –   http://www.dsiso.org/event/1st-open-european-tri-games-2020/   .  It is so exciting to see how well our junior swimmers are doing.   In Ferrara, Vicente Pereira (Portugal) was the top overall male swimmer and he is only 16 years old.   Alexey Degtyarev (Russia) has broken 9 junior world records since the beginning of October 2021.   Another junior who is making her mark, is Minke Janse van Rensburg (South Africa), who has been swimming very good times in the past year.   As a junior she has broken world records in the open category in the 25, 50 & 100 Freestyle.   In September 2021 she swam an impressive 50 freestyle (short course) under 34secs.

Albufeira promises to be exciting event.

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and may 2022 be a good year.

Keep swimming
Kind regards
 Barbara Higgins
CEO & Records Officer.  


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