Here you will find days, times, location and contact details for the SOSUNS (Special Olympics Sydney Upper North Shore) Swimming Squad Program.
Swimmers who are eligible for the squad program must be able to confidently swim 25m unassisted in at least one stroke.
Abbotsleigh Aquatic Centre
via Ada Avenue, Wahroonga
Monday 7.00 - 8.00pm
Contact: Carolyn Bourke - 0401 853 194
Riverside Corporate Park
Julius Avenue, North Ryde
Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Contact: Philippa Silva 0423 553 922
Ryde Aquatic Centre
Tuesday 7.00 - 8.00pm
Contact: Louise Hayes - 0428 170 277
SOSUNS sent four swimmers off to Adelaide to represent the Blues. Lauren, Rebecca, Ashlie and James had trained hard and competed in numerous lead up competitions to ready themselves for the Games. And it showed, as all four swimmers came away after some really tough competition with at least one medal each.
The excitement at the pool rivalled that shown by the crowd when Thorpy was swimming. Signs, cheers and Mexican waves pumped up the swimmers as they readied themselves for their races.
Lauren won a silver medal in the relay with team mate Rebecca and also a bronze medal in the backstroke. As well as the silver relay medal, Rebecca won a bronze for the breast stroke and most satisfying of all she swam a personal best in the freestyle.
James came away with two gold medals in his relay and butterfy races as well as a couple of fourth places. Ashlie won bronze in the 50 metre freestyle relay but really made herself and her supporters proud when she swam personal bests in the 50 metre and 100 metre backstroke races. Ashlie achieved fourth place in these races and despite a busy program also managed a sixth place in the 50 metre freestyle.
Along with the athletes, three SOSUNS volunteers also went along to Adelaide as carers and coaches. Brandon, Aileen and Jack all agreed that attending the Games was one of the best experiences of their lives and can’t wait for the next games in Melbourne.
Lucy has been selected as a member of the Australian team travelling to Taiwan in October to attend the 5th Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships. She is one of three athletes selected from NSW and the only girl.
On Sunday 5th July, SOSUNS is hosting a regional swimming carnival. The carnival will be held at Oakhill College Aquatic Centre, 423-513 Old Northern Road Castle Hill. The pool is a heated indoor pool and is 25m in length.
There will be 20 events run on the day and each athlete can enter a maximum of 5. For more information and for entry forms please contact Russell Becker on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 842 720.
SOSUNS could not offer the wonderful venues and volume of sports that we do without the support we receive from the local community. Schools, small businesses and churches all help us by providing high quality venues for the running of our sports.