From April 8th to 10th 2022. the ERASMUS + LETSWIM partner Swimming club Velenje organizes education: SWIMMING FOR PEOPLE WITH ASPERGER AND DOWN SYNDROME.

Participant were coaches from  PK Natator (coordinator) and partners from:  Sports Association Halvik from Novi Sad, International Halliwick Association, Halliwick Poland and PK Velenje.

On the first day, the host PK Velenje demonstrate a swimming training at the local pool. Swimmers from the club took part in the training, and the coaches used Polar OH1 assistive technology in their work.

The second day, partner from Velenje organize and conduct dissemination event in CVIU Velenje, where participated:  37 beneficiaries from sports organizations, clubs, coaches, HE teachers, swimmers, their parents and partners.

Ms. Vranesa Pašić presented her work with people with Aperger’s and Down’s syndrome and showed many examples of good practice from her long-term practice at CVIU and her cooperation with the Velenje Swimming Club and the formation of the Delfinčeki swimming group.

Katarina Praznik, coordinator of the ERASMUS + LETSWIM project for Slovenia, leader of the Delfinčeki group and head coach for the Special Olympics of Slovenia, had a presentation “PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS AND COMPETITIONS FOR PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES IN SLOVENIA” . She presented the work process from the grassroots level to the Halliwick Gala, paraswimming competitions and the Special Olympics. Swimmers with Down syndrome and their parents shared with participant their experiences of training and participating in the competition.

All participants of the dissemination event received an Erasmus + LETSWIM project certificate.

The lectures were watched via zoom by the students of the University of Health in Rijeka and coaches from Zagreb and Split, from Croatia.

In the afternoon, a workshop was held in the water with swimmers with autism and children with developmental disabilities.

2 partners meetings were held in Velenje.

Project coordinators had session on project progress and update on remaining tasks until the end of project and partners had report on dissemination activities, feedback collection and evaluation of 1st gala competition in Zagreb and Gala competition in Krakow in Poland.

The partners visited all the landmarks in Velenje and Velenje Beach. Sunday was reserved for a one-day trip to the surroundings: from the most famous Slovenian tourist attractions – Logarka valley, Plenk and Rinka Waterfalls and Eagles Nest, which remained in their unforgettable memories.


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