2019 WDSC Brazil Info

2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships

Sao Paulo, Brazil

August 25-31st, 2019

USA Deaf Swimming is currently in the final stages of selecting Deaf athletes for the national Team USA to compete at the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The team roster will be announced in the next few weeks. Applications will still be considered on a case-by-case basis for deaf swimmers with USA Swimming national or junior national cuts. We thank all the many athletes who have submitted application packets and qualifying times for the national team. 

Minimum Qualification Times: The minimum swimming qualification times for the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships can be found at the following link: 2019 WDSC Qualifying Times. There are also additional qualification requirements for the national team as well as meeting the cut times. 

Link to General Meet Information from Host Country:

Link to Athlete Application Package: Athlete Application  

Coaching Staff

USA Deaf Swimming is pleased to announce the selection of Brad Robbins as Head Coach and Chris Daly as Assistant Coach for the 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships.

Brad Robbins, currently Head Coach of the Tigard Tualatin Swim Club in Tigard, Oregon, has nearly 20 years of experience coaching athletes from age group to the collegiate level at local, state, and national competitions including Olympic trials. He was recently selected to coach the USA Swimming National Select Camp given his diverse experience with swimmers across a broad range of ages and ability levels. Robbins also previously coached for five years with the Sierra Marlins swim club where he coached Deaflympian and world record holder, Matthew Klotz.

Chris Daly has been chosen as Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the USADS national team. Daly is currently Assistant Coach with Sarasota Tsunami Swim Club, Sarasota, FL; and has over 20 years of experience coaching at the club and collegiate level with athlete qualifiers at the state, national, and Olympic Trial competition including achievement of several national deaf swimming records. Daly’s work with Emily Massengale, 2017 Deaflympian and national deaf record holder, for the past two years has provided valuable experience in the unique challenges presented by deaf athlete training. He has also developed successful communication methods that have prepared him well for working with the nation’s top deaf athletes.

General Meet Information

The 2019 World Deaf Swimming Championships will be held August 25-31st, 2019, at the Paralympic Training Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. World Deaf Swimming Championships occur every 2-4 years and typically alternate with the Deaflympics. In order to compete as a deaf athlete at any of the sanctioned international competitions, a swimmer must have hearing loss greater than 55 decibels. Additional criteria can be found above. 

USA Deaf Swimming previously sent a national team to the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships in San Antonio, Texas as well as the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. 

Information regarding the meet schedule can be found at the following links:

​Information will be updated as it is made available. 


For more information, please contact: 

Linda Klotz, Communications Coordinator, USA Deaf Swimming
Email: [email protected]