North Coast Special Olympics to make a splash on Saturday

The North Coast Special Olympics team will take on competitors from around NSW at Coffs Memorial Pool on Saturday.
The North Coast Special Olympics team will take on competitors from around NSW at Coffs Memorial Pool on Saturday.

THE North Coast Special Olympics branch will be making a splash on Saturday when it hosts a swim meet at Coffs War Memorial Pool on Saturday.

The event will see more than 55 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across NSW dive in the deep end for a day of aquatic fun.

Competitors take part in races of 15, 25 and 50 metres with a focus on participation.

"Everybody is really excited for Saturday's meet," North Coast Special Olympics chairperson Rachel Swindells said.

"Competition will be serious but it's more about having a go.

"Each race will only have four competitors with everyone taking home a ribbon."

Athletes from as young as 13 to as old as 45 will take part with 17 of the 55 set to compete based in Coffs Harbour.

"As well as a strong group of Coffs swimmers there will be athletes from all across NSW coming to participate," Swindells said.

"We have been putting plenty of hours in to make this event happen.

"It will be the first swimming race for many of the competitors so it will be a great experience and sure to be plenty of fun."  

Registration is scheduled for 9am with racing to begin at 9.30 while Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight will also be on hand to officially open the event.

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