The Canadian Down Syndrome Swimming Association (CDSSA) is a member organization under Down Syndrome International Swimming Organization (DSISO) and the National Sport Organization representing swimmers with Down Syndrome in Canada. Our organization was officially incorporated in September 2009 and includes membership from across Canada and internationally.
The mandate of our organization is to provide swim competition opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome regionally, nationally and internationally. Through these opportunities, we aim to showcase the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome and break down barriers and stereotypes.
In order to qualify under the National Sports Organization (NSO) guidelines, each swimmer must provide proof of their disability through a cytogenetic test result. Swimmers are divisioned by age into one of four age groups: Junior, Senior, Masters 1 and Masters 2.
Minimum “A” and “B” qualifying standards are published by DSISO. In order to attend international competition, swimmers must meet the “A” qualifying standard in a minimum of one of the following events:
25m, 50m, 100m, 200m all 4 strokes, 400m, 800m, 1500m in free style, and 100m, 200m, 400m in individual medley
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