Down Syndrome Swimming Australia (DSSA) gives people with Down syndrome the opportunity to swim competitively against other athletes and to provide a pathway to local, national and international competition. The organisation encourages individuals with Down syndrome to actively participate in the great sport of swimming at all levels of competency.

Every second year, an Australian team competes internationally at the World Swimming Championships. The Australian team has won ‘Champion Country’ and ‘Top female and male swimmers’, against teams from 24 other countries, at these International Championships; as well as an abundance of medals at each competition. The championships create opportunities for athletes with Down syndrome to compete in international sporting events, offering them a fair and equal opportunity to be successful.

In July 2018, a team will be competing at the 9th World Swimming Championships to be held in Truro, Canada and will be host to over 500 athletes and team staff from six continents, as well as thousands of family supporters. Australia is taking a team of 20 to compete and are looking forward to successes at these championships. The team members are

Taylor Anderson
Russell Booysen

Elizabeth Claydon
Harry Cahill

Lily Crawford
Michael Cox

Stephanie Dunning
Jack Dixson

Madeline Fox
Bradley Doolan

Ross Hughes
Colin MArks

Ashley-Kate Schlenner
Aran Miller

Tiffany Smith
Matthew Walker

Aleisha Sneesby
Zac Tefler

Caitlin Kerby
Phoebe Mitchell

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