One of the main sports of the Paralympic movement, male and female competitors with a physical or intellectual disability compete in the standard strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly as well as the medley.
Classified by their functional ability to perform the stroke in question, the rules laid down by the International Swimming Federation are followed, with some alterations where necessary. Some races may have in-water starts, or assistants for blind or visually impaired swimmers.
The Australian Paralympic Swim team have had fantastic results in the recent Paralympic Games and the World Championships. The AIS in conjunction with the Australian Paralympic Committee launched a camp-based program in 2002, and a residential program in 2009.
Incorporating experts in the fields of human movement, sports medicine, mental health and nutrition, the AIS program has produced some of the top Australian Paralympic swimmers.