PNS Disability Swimming Page


Registration link for the National Disability Committee's upcoming webinar entitled "My Swimmer with a Disability is Ready to Compete: Now What?"  Please consider attending. Thank you!


Caroline Holmes

USA Swimming National Disability Committee Athlete Representative


Information on these 2 opportunities came from the USA Swimming Disability Swimming Committee Athlete representative today.  If you have questions, please contact Caroline Holmes.  Her info is at the end of this info.

Foundations 1 Virtual Clinic: An Introduction to U.S. Para Swimming for coaches, athletes and parents April 24, 2021, 10am EST

Registration link Signup Genius

Swimming Officials Level 2 Virtual Para Swimming Clinic April 24, 2021 8:30am PST

Registration link Signup Genius: 


Caroline Holmes

USA Swimming National Disability Committee Athlete Representative

[email protected]


Are you, or a Club in your LSC, coaching a swimmer with Down syndrome, or would you like to learn more about coaching swimmers with Down Syndrome? USA Down Syndrome Swimming, Inc, the recognized National Sporting Organization (NSO) for the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO), would like to share two opportunities with you. 

First: There is a Coaches Webinar available on World Down Syndrome Day: March 21, 2021. It is a global opportunity, presented by DSISO. Only the first 150 coaches who sign up worldwide will be able to attend. Please go to the highlighted link to sign up, and you will receive a zoom link directly from DSISO. [click here]

Second: As a Technical Advisor for USA Down Syndrome Swimming, I am excited to help swimmers with Down syndrome have more opportunities to compete at the local, national, and international level. These swimmers, T21 Swim Warriors, have the opportunity to represent the USA at the next DSISO World Championship in Portugal in 2022!  The USA is not yet mobilized to grow into a powerhouse on the world stage. But, we now have the resources to build a network to better train our athletes.  If you would like to receive more information about coaching swimmers with Down syndrome, please join our new Coaches' Network at this link [click here] . 

I am always happy to answer any questions you might have, so please contact me at anytime.

Rick Klatt

USADSS Technical Advisor


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


US Paralympics

Canadian Para-Swimming