The Michigan Swimming Para-Swimming Committee. Its focus will be to reach out to athletes, coaches, clubs, families, and officials as a source of information to learn more about the opportunities swimming has to offer. If you are interested in learning more on how the sport of swimming can positively impact the lives of athletes with a disability and their families this website will be a key source of information to all.

Key Contacts:
SE Michigan: Brett Austin ([email protected]) - Co-Coordinator
SW Michigan: Aric Smith ([email protected]) - Co-Coordinator

Top 10 Questions

1.  What is Para Swimming?
2. Who is a Para Swimmer?
3. Can my Para Swimmer go to a swim meet?
4. Can my Para Swimmer go to the State Championship meet?
5. Can my Para Swimmer go to the Zone or Sectional Meet?
6. How does my Para Swimmer get 'Classified'?

Paralympics Defined

Although the name was originally coined as a portmanteau combining "paraplegic" (due to its origins as games for people with spinal injuries) and "Olympic," the inclusion of other impairment groups meant that this was no longer considered very accurate. The present formal explanation for the name is that it derives from the Greek preposition παρά, pará ("beside" or "alongside") and thus refers to a competition held in parallel with the Olympic Games. The Summer Games of 1988 held in Seoul was the first time the term "Paralympic" came into official use.

Paralympic Movement

 “Spirit in Motion” is the motto for the Paralympic movement. The symbol for the Paralympics contains three colors, red, blue, and green, which are the colors most widely represented in the flags of nations. The colors are each in the shape of an Agito (which is Latin for "I move"), which is the name given to an asymmetrical crescent specially designed for the Paralympic movement. The three Agitos circle a central point, which is a symbol for the athletes congregating from all points of the globe. The motto and symbol of the IPC were changed in 2003 to their current versions. The change was intended to convey the idea that Paralympians have a spirit of competition and that the IPC as an organization realizes its potential and is moving forward to achieve it. The vision of the IPC is, "To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to inspire and excite the world." The Paralympic anthem is "Hymn de l'Avenir" or "Anthem of the Future". It was composed by Thierry Darnis and adopted as the official anthem in March 1996.

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Paralympic Swimming