Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain (DSS-GB) is a volunteer led charity which enables children, young adults and adults with T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome to reach their potential as elite swimmers giving them the opportunity to compete at national and international level. We aim to become the resources hub within Great Britain for aspiring swimmers with DS, sharing good practice and practical information with families, clubs and coaches. DSS-GB aims to be The leading voice for aspiring swimmers with Down syndrome who wish to compete at National and International level. The resource for swimmers with Down syndrome to share specialist training, health and nutrition best practice and gain swimmer classification. The leading force in identifying future swimming talent amongst those with Down syndrome within Great Britain.
DSS-GB 2nd Overall at World Championships
What a fantastic week of competition at the 9th DSISO Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada.
DSS-GB were second overall behind Australia after a hard-fought week. Competition in all categories – T21, Mosaic, Open, Juniors and Masters – was intense and team spirit was really high. DSS-GB’s Ellen Stephenson was Top Female Mosaic Swimmer, Mark Evens was 3rd T21 Male and, despite being in the Junior category, Harvey Stonebank still managed to achieve 3rd Mosaic Male. The DSS-GB coaches and supporters relay team even won gold!
Ably assisted by the poolside team, all DSS-GB swimmers achieved personal bests with Harvey breaking an Open Mosaic World Record and Ellen breaking 4!
There is loads more information about the team and what they have been up to on our Facebook page.
When they weren’t in the pool, the team had the most amazing week of fun and friendship exploring Canada and meeting people from all over the world.
DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.
Winter Training Camp
The GB squad are hitting the road again. Our next training camp will be held in the Monmouth, Wales over the first weekend of February.
Due to our ever increasing number of swimmers we will be running 2 pool sessions and land training sessions each day, so coaches and swimmers alike will have their work cut out over these two days. We are delighted that the land training session on Saturday afternoon will be taken by the Welsh Rugby Union Disability Coach.
There will be plenty of time for swimmers, coaches and families to socialise and welcome the new swimmers joining us at this camp. This is the final training session before the team travel the next World Championships in Turkey starting on 31st March 2020.
We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSS-GB are the European Champions…Again!
The 5th DSISO European and Open Swimming Championships were held in Sardinia, Italy in September 2019. The team of swimmers from great Britain were, once again, crowned Champions.
With great performances from both the T21 and Mosaic swimmers throughout the week, personal bests were smashed and World Records were set. All under the beautiful Sardinian sunshine.
Not only that, Mark Evens was the top T21 male swimmer and Ellen Stephenson was the top female Mosaic swimmer. Quite a haul of trophies to bring home. For a full rundown of the swimmers’ awards, take a look at our News page.
The swimmers, coaches, chaperones and families enjoyed a week of ferocious competition resulting in GBR topping the medals table. God Save the Queen was sung frequently and with great gusto by swimmers and supporters alike. When not competing, time was spent cementing friendships old and new.
A hugely enjoyable and successful week was had by all.