January: Carl Alf, Stuart and Josef join the WaveOne Open Water
team at the Pool to Open Water training practices.
April: 2nd Annual Aloha Splash Pool Open Water Swims benefiting
Special Olympics Open Water
June: Washington's Crossing Swim Across the Potomac.
Congratulations to Luke and John Ferris, Jenny Mitchell, Tom Hull,
Donny Toker, Rose and Susan Pleskow.
June: Anne attends Special Olympics European Games Open Water
Swimming event as a consultant/coach.
August: Luke Ferris wins a bid to compete in the 1500m open water
event in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
September: Swim for the Potomac. Many personal records including
Rose Pleskow and Carl Alf complete the 3000m event.
|2012 Global Aquatics Invitational Open Water
1500m in San Juan. Congratulations to all the WaveOne Special
Olympics swimmers: Luke (finished in 32:00), Jenny, Rose and Bruce,
along with their unified partners, Anne, John, Jenna, Susan and Jeff.
|WaveOne Special Olympics Programs and News
|Jenny and Dave become first Special Olympic
Unified Partners to cross the Potomac River in the
2012 Washington's Crossing open water race.
June: Kester Edwards invites Denis Crean to Special Olympics International
headquarters to discuss open water swimming development opportunities using
the WaveOne Swimming model of open water swimming education and training.
June: Jenny Mitchell and Dave Lenox (Virginia), are the first Special Olympics
Unified Partners to complete the 1.3 mile Washington’s Crossing: Swim Across
the Potomac River in Washington, DC
September: WaveOne Special Olympics 800m race in preparation for the 1500m
SOIWAI later in the month.
San Juan, Puerto Rico. Special Olympics Inaugural World Aquatics Invitational. 40
swimmers, including 9 Unified Teams, participate in the 1500 meter Open Water
October: Bermuda. Special Olympics Athlete, Jenny Mitchell (Virginia) swims the
2k race in the 22nd Annual Round the Sound with her Unified Partner, Anne
|In 2012, WaveOne teamed up with Special Olympics
International to help develop and promote open water
swimming as a new fully accredited sport of the Special
Olympics World Games. We include free access for all Special
Olympic athletes, their Unified Partners and families at any
of our swims, races or training programs.
Beginning in June 2012, Special Olympics athletes joined WaveOne's
weekly open water swimming training program at National Harbor,
Md in their journey to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los
Angeles. Over the past 3 seasons, we worked with intellectually
disabled athletes and their coaches all over the world providing
training and program development education in Kenya, Cayman
Islands, Uruguay, Egypt, Singapore, India and the Washington DC
area. We are proud of our collaborative contribution to the growth of
Special Olympics Open Water and especially of the athletes and their
achievements. Highlights are below.
January: WaveOne welcomes Donny Toker to the Pool to Open Water program.
Donny goes on to complete in numerous open water races over the next 2 years.
April: Denis Crean with Kester Edwards from Special Olympics International,
conduct training for the US Department of State's Sports United outreach
program in Cairo, Egypt. The training session taught over 145 Special Olympics
coaches and athletes coaching basics and program development for pool and
open water swimming.
April: First Annual Aloha Splash Pool Open Water Swims to Benefit Special
Olympics Open Water Swimming is conducted attracting almost 100 swimmers.
May and December: Coach Anne travels to Netherlands, Kenya and Uruguay to
work with coaches and program directors teaching open water swimming
techniques and program development.
September: Rose Pleskow is warded the WaveOne Swimmer of the Year for her
dedication and achievements on open water swimming and competitions.
|Anne with the Israeli open water team at the Special
Olympics European Games.
|Anne Interviews at 2nd Annual Aloha
Splash Pool Open Water Swims
|Open water training for Special
Olympics athletes and coaches
in Kenya led by coach Anne.
|WaveOne team at the 2013 RCP Tiburon
1 mile open water race in San Francisco.
|2013 WaveOne Swimmer of the
Year Rose Pleskow.
|Training program in Puerto Rico.
|Special Olympics education and training for
United States Dept. of State's Sports United
international outreach program in Cairo, Egypt.
Top: Kester preparing athletes for pool open
water session. Middle: Proper warm up
techniques prior to training. Bottom: Special
Olympics coaches Gail, Alice, Kester, Amir and
Denis at the practice pool in Cairo.
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