Saturday, February 28, 2009

Paralympic Swimming News - A Global Online Launch

Amputee swimmer Xavier Torres of Spain who won a bronze at the 2008 Paralympic Games and a great, long-time friend to the open water swimming community, launched a comprehensive and compelling new English-language website focused on swimmers with disabilities last week. The Paralympic Swimming News website address is

Paralympic Swimming News currently offers news from around the world, videos, rankings, International Paralympic Committee swimming records (including world, European, Americas, Asian and Oceania) and a worldwide calendar of major events sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee. Soon, additional information such as meet results and entry forms will also be provided to the paralympic swimming community.

"I launched Paralympic Swimming News last week and some parts are still under construction, but I want to create a site like Swimming World Magazine that specializes in adapted swimming. Some national swimming federations have integrated paralympic swimming with the able-bodied swimmers organization like Australia, Canada, South Africa, Great Britain and others and I am very interested to promote [this] with Paralympic Swimming News.

Xavier is an incredibly creative and warm individual with a tireless drive and a wonderfully ambitious goal to help promote athletes with disabilities on a global basis. We wish him well and look forward to his success.

Upper photo of Xavier at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Lower phot of Xavier with Britta Kamrau at an elite open water camp in Spain before the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships.

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