Swimming is a fantastic sport for individuals with cerebral palsy. Whether you want to participate in swimming recreationally or competitively, swimming provides you with a unique athletic medium, namely water, which allows you the ability to increase your mobility and range of motion. Swimming is a Paralympic Sport and many Irish individuals with Cerebral Palsy participate in recreational and competitive swim programmes all over the country.
Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland and many of the other disability sport organisations in Ireland work along side Swim Ireland to provide as many opportunities to Individuals with disabilities to participate in swimming.
Swim Ireland, as the national governing body for swimming and associated aquatic disciplines aims to provide appropriate opportunities to all those who wish to participate in swimming in whatever capacity they choose. Swim Ireland works in partnership with the national governing bodies for disability in Ireland, being the Irish Wheelchair Association Sport, Irish Blindsports and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland to promote the sport of swimming for all and to coordinate swimming activities with a view to enhancing the efforts of the sport and the swimmers to grow and flourish”.
(Swim Ireland Website, Disability Swimming, www.swimireland.ie).