Disability Swimming
PNS Disability Swimming Page

10/7/20:  U.S. Paralympics Swimming is offering four virtual clinics via zoom during October and November.   All are free and open to anyone looking to expand or refresh their knowledge of para swimming.   

Join us virtually on:

  • November 8 – Intro to Para Swimming by Peggy Ewald (target audience- New and experienced Athletes, Coaches and Parents)

Each of these virtual clinics will be presented via Zoom.  Each requires you to register via a Signup Genius link. The links to registration are available on each individual flyer linked above.


10/20/20:  This THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 12 NOON (eastern time) there will be a webinar focusing on coaching swimmers with autism presented by National Disability Committee member, Amanda Pope.

Join us to learn a basic understanding of the Autism spectrum, communication skills, & directing the coaching process to improve their competition skills.

To register, please go here:



9/12/19:  PNS Swimmer  Competes at Para PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Congratulations to Abbey Nardella, Chinook, on her nomination to the U.S. PARALYMPIC team that competed in Lima,Peru,  August 23-September 1, 2019.  Swimming in the classification S6-SB6-SM6,  Abbey represented the U.S. and PNS well, winning bronze in the 100 breaststroke and placing in the top 8 in her other 5 events.  She set 2 personal best times in the 100 free and 100 backstroke setting the stage for a good 9 months of training going into the U.S PARALYMPIC trials and Tokyo 2020.
This opportunity provided her with valuable experience such as living with the team in a village setting, swimming a multiple day/prelims-finals event, long distance travel and adjusting to time zone changes and increased independence.

PNS is proud of your accomplishments, Abbey!

8/22/19:  PNS Swimmer Selected for the Para Pan American Team

Abbey Nardella, Chinook Aquatic Club, has been selected to represent the Team USA at the 2019 Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

These Games are the “parallel” event for athletes with a disability  to the Pan American Games for able-bodied athletes.

Opening Ceremonies are August 23rd, Swimming competition August 25-31st, Closing Ceremonies September 1st.

There will be 1890 athletes from 33 nations competing in 17 sports and 18 disciplines.

Abbey will be competing in the S6- SB6- SM6 swimming classifications for swimmers with a disability, swimming 6 events during the competition.

Congratulations, Abbey!  And Good Luck!

We will look forward to hearing about your experience!

  • Kiko Van Zandt,

Disability Swimming Chair, PNS


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