The 2017 International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Swimming Championships has attracted more than 150 athletes from close to 20 countries. The championships will take off on Wednesday, 29 November in Aguascalientes, Mexico. It is the first time that INAS is holding a swimming competition in the Americas.
What Is INAS?
INAS refers to the International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport, which manages elite competitions for 14 sports and is in charge of promoting worldwide inclusion. Apart from being held in Americas for the first time, the championships this year will also see a debut of autism and Down syndrome trial eligibility groups. In the current S14 classification, fans can expect to see a studded lineup that will feature returning Paralympians, medalists, and champions.
One of this year’s headlining act is Felipe Caltrans Vila Real from Brazil. He is the defending champion from the games held in 2015. He emerged the winner in the 2015 Global Games, men’s 200 butterfly category. He also doubles up as the silver medalist in the 400 meters’ individual medley.
Another returning athlete is Jo Lin Tu, the triple world champion in the S14 women’s category. She grabbed gold in the 50m, 100m, as well as in the 200m butterfly competition in the 2015 World Championships. Tu is expected to face off with two Australians, namely Jade Lucy and Nikesha Harding. Lucy aims to retain her 400m and 800m freestyle titles while Harding is looking to defend her 50m breaststroke gold. The competitions are expected to last until December 3.