PNS Disability Swimming Page




Hello everyone! My name is Ella Jablonski, one of the athlete reps on the DEI committee. Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a Special Olympics of Washington (SOWA) regional swim meet at KCAC. It was a great experience where I was able to interact with many of the athletes, as well as help out in the sport that I love and have been involved with for many years. I was made aware they were short on volunteers and are hoping to enlist more people to help out at their next meet at KCAC on June 18th. There will be 400 swimmers from across the state competing at this meet. I would love to spread the word about this event to other swimmers or people connected to PNS that could potentially volunteer for this important event and support our goals of Inclusion.  Please find more details below:


Washington State Spring Games

Date: Saturday, June 18th

Location: Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center

Sign up link to volunteer:


This link will lead to a sign up for the Special Olympics' Spring Games.  After clicking "Register Now" there will be a menu where you can first select your age, and will then be able to choose which sport and what roles you would like to volunteer with. Attached below is a document with more information from the Special Olympics detailing volunteer roles.  


Please feel free to pass along to your swim teams and friends!  We'd love to have strong support from our PNS athletes.  



U.S. Paralympics Swimming has developed a simple guide on how to help a Para Swimmer connect to resources and develop along the Para Swimming continuum.

The guide can be found in the link provided: CLICK HERE FOR GUIDE 

If you have any questions, please contact PNS Disability Swimming Chair, Kiko Van Zandt at [email protected]


9/12/19:  PNS Swimmer  Competes at Para PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Congratulations to Abbey Nardella, Chinook, on her nomination to the U.S. PARALYMPIC team that competed in Lima,Peru,  August 23-September 1, 2019.  Swimming in the classification S6-SB6-SM6,  Abbey represented the U.S. and PNS well, winning bronze in the 100 breaststroke and placing in the top 8 in her other 5 events.  She set 2 personal best times in the 100 free and 100 backstroke setting the stage for a good 9 months of training going into the U.S PARALYMPIC trials and Tokyo 2020.
This opportunity provided her with valuable experience such as living with the team in a village setting, swimming a multiple day/prelims-finals event, long distance travel and adjusting to time zone changes and increased independence.

PNS is proud of your accomplishments, Abbey!

8/22/19:  PNS Swimmer Selected for the Para Pan American Team

Abbey Nardella, Chinook Aquatic Club, has been selected to represent the Team USA at the 2019 Para Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

These Games are the “parallel” event for athletes with a disability  to the Pan American Games for able-bodied athletes.

Opening Ceremonies are August 23rd, Swimming competition August 25-31st, Closing Ceremonies September 1st.

There will be 1890 athletes from 33 nations competing in 17 sports and 18 disciplines.

Abbey will be competing in the S6- SB6- SM6 swimming classifications for swimmers with a disability, swimming 6 events during the competition.

Congratulations, Abbey!  And Good Luck!

We will look forward to hearing about your experience!

  • Kiko Van Zandt,

Disability Swimming Chair, PNS


US Paralympics

Canadian Para-Swimming