We have seen a huge growth in demand for swimming since the launch of programme in 2013 and now involves separate competitions for primary, secondary and impairment specific galas such as for deaf / hearing and visually impaired.
The last school year saw 48 events take place across the length and breadth of the country, with nearly 2,000 competitors involved. Last year also saw the North and South of England Finals, and our U14 and U19 National Finals!
The format, which encourages swimmers and non-swimmers alike to participate in individual and team challenges, has enabled children to have improved and first-time experiences in a pool, with around 25% of the participants enjoying being in a pool for the first time.
We also had various Paralympic gold medal swimmers attend our competitions, helping out in the water – see both the videos on this page.
This short film explains the format of the Panathlon swim programme:
Our charity ambassador, and Paralympic swimming champion Liz Johnson, who has attended multiple Panathlon swimming competition said: “It’s fantastic that Panathlon’s swimming programme is benefitting children across the country! Being in the water certainly made me feel as though it ‘freed’ me from my disability and if it helps others feel ‘freedom’ and enjoy being competitive, maybe for the first time, then that’s fantastic!”
Here are some highlights from a previous Panathlon swimming event: