The Government of Amapá promoted the first indoor swimming tournament of 2024 on Saturday, 3. The event is part of the Circuito Sedel Cidade de Macapá program, which brought together around 100 athletes and students from the Olympic Swimming Pool Didactic Center in celebration of the capital’s 266th anniversary. , celebrated on Sunday, 4.
The tournament, coordinated by the State Secretariat for Sports and Leisure (Sedel), marks the opening of the year’s official aquatic competitions. The novelty was the participation of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Young Sabrina Vieira, 24 years old, did not hide her anxiety about participating in the competition. Nervous, she says she prepared for two months, and even with little time, she managed to take the test.
“It’s the first time I’m competing, I thought I would be more nervous, I think it’s because it’s something different from what we see on television”, said the swimmer who has ASD.
The athlete’s mother, Solange Maria, told a little about her daughter’s history with swimming, and the evolution that the sport provided in the young woman’s life, which despite little training time, is clear.
“Sabrina was not like other children, she was always quiet and introverted. She didn’t speak, so I looked for a diagnosis, which was autism. Then it was just monitoring, my daughter studied and graduated in Design. She started swimming and is happy, loves it and trusts her teacher, who also teaches another autistic child. I encourage parents to enroll their children and I also thank the Government of Amapá for their inclusion”, said the mother.
João Davi, 9 years old, is an active child and started swimming under the influence of his older brother, who is also an athlete. In six months of swimming, this is the first event he has participated in.
“I evolved, I got better, that’s why they call me Phelps [campeão de natação]I swim a lot”, said the child athlete, without any modesty about his sporting talent.
Facing challenges is part of the swimming journey, and for swimmers with autism, these challenges can be even greater. From sensory sensitivity to communication difficulties, each lap in the pool is an opportunity to overcome things.
With the right support and patience, many achieve impressive feats that go beyond expectations. Professor Nadilson Siqueira, from the Pororoca Swimming Association, tells us about training with autistic students.
“Working with autistic students is rewarding, because when they want something, they get it. Sabrina, for example, has been with me for two months, she didn’t know how to swim and today she managed to swim indoors. ‘Phelps’ says he’s going to be world champion and I believe he will, he has potential”, celebrated the professor.
The State Department of Sports and Leisure (Sedel) has been working to ensure that athletes and students with special needs are included in sport, and thus develop motor, sensory and social skills in a positive way.
Indoor is a sport that has been growing in the state, mainly because it includes children and because it involves shorter distances compared to conventional events, the circuit is made in a triangular or rectangular shape with a delimitation of a bay inside the pool, where athletes they go around, depending on the category.
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