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Competitive Para Swimming

Committed to growing the sport of Para swimming. All swimmers with a classifiable impairment have the opportunity to compete in swim meets at various levels alongside their club mates.

The various levels available to all swimmers range from club, inter-club or regional racing to three national events. With medals decided based on the World Para Swimming points system (i.e. who is closest to the world record in their classification).



Club Level


Once you are part of a club regular club nights are held where swimmers are given the opportunity to try racing in a supportive and friendly environment. Para swimmers can be involved in these club nights as well as inter-club meets, giving them an opportunity to give racing a go. At these types of meets Para swimmers will be racing their able-bodied peers and seeded according to their personal best time. There is no minimum level of classification needed for Para swimmers to take part in this level of competition.



Regional Meets


To compete in a regional meet it is recommended a Para swimmer has a provisional classification. Having a provisional classification done means officials will know the swimmer has an impairment and will officiate using discretion to avoid unnecessary disqualification. Para swimmers with be seeded amongst able-bodied swimmers according to their times.



National Meets


Swimming New Zealand offers three events throughout the year where medals are presented specifically for Para swimmers. Along with these three events, if a Para swimmer has qualified to swim at the likes of Division II Championships or similar they may do so. Para swimmers may also compete at their respective zonal Junior Festival competitions if a provisional classification or higher is held.



International Competition


If you seek to follow an international pathway there are several opportunities at a variety of competitions. If this is where you’d like to compete please contact our National Para Swimming Development Coordinator, Cameron Leslie. He will be able to advise and assist with choosing the right events to target and at the right time in your swimming journey.

Got any questions?


Contact Cameron Leslie

phone: 0273104222

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