Athletes with Down Syndrome Gather for National Swim Team Training Camp
Orlando, FLA (March 2022)

Forty swimmers from across the country gathered at the Rosen Aquatic Center February 23-26, 2022 to participate in the first annual USA Down Syndrome Swimming National Training Camp.  The athletes trained for three days and finished the week with a competitive meet and an artistic swimming performance.   Many athletes hope to be named to the USA Down Syndrome National Swimming Team to compete at the 2022 Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization (DSISO) World Championship in Albufeira, Portugal.

“While many of our swimmers train and compete on a regular basis in their hometowns alongside their typically developing peers on high school, club or other teams, the national training camp provided them with a unique opportunity to train, compete and learn with other athletes with Down syndrome.” said by Head Coach Colin Vidas.

The goal of the camp was to provide swimmers with Down syndrome the opportunity to train under experienced coaches to improve their technique and prepare to compete at the local, national, and international level.   During the training camp, swimmers spent three hours a day in the pool, and attended weightlifting, yoga, and nutrition sessions. There were pool sessions for both competitive and artistic (formally synchronized) swimmers.

The competitive swim camp was run by Head Coach Colin Vidas, and Assistant Coaches Marye Carter and Theresa “T” Sorensen, with assistance from USADSS Technical Advisor, Rick Klatt, Lori Klatt, and Paris Jacobs.

The artistic (synchronized) swimming camp was lead by USADSS Technical Advisor Grasy Noriega and Head Coach Isis Sanchez, with assistance from Linda Witter.

“We have experienced coaches who have made inclusion, team building and developing every athlete’s self-esteem cornerstones of their careers. They supported every athlete attending the Camp, from potential World Championship finalists to athletes whose journeys may be different, but no less important,” said Rick Klatt, USADSS Technical Advisor.

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