Aurora Special Ducks

Swimming Program Details

Aurora Special Ducks 2017-18 season provides both Competitive and Learn-to-Compete programs.

Season Start Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017

Season End Date: Sunday May 13th, 2018

We attend several swim meets throughout the swim season and we hope that swimmers of EVERY level will consider trying it out! It is a wonderful way to build confidence and provide new opportunities!

Location: ALL practices held at Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (SARC) - 1400 Wellington St E., Aurora

· Practice 1: SARC - Fridays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm (for both Learn-to Compete and Competitive Groups)

· Practice 2: SARC – Sundays, 9:00 - 10:00 am at SARC (for Competitive Group only)

Program Cost:
1 Practice per week- $50.00
2 Practices per week - $75.00 (offered to competitive group only)

**Both Competitive and Learn-to-Compete Programs usually have wait lists, but we MAY be able to add swimmers to our roster, based upon our coaching / staffing numbers. Inquires about assessments or being added to the wait list contact aurora.head.swimcoach@specialolympicsontario.ca

Map to Location:

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Fun day at the Pool
Swim-a-Thon April 2018

Swim-a-thon April 2018

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Anne Ottenbrite Swim Meet - Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, April 2017

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February 2017

Special Ducks at the Michael Conrad swim meet in Toronto

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Pictures from Sunshine Swim Team 2016 Invitational December 2016


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New Item from The Auroran Community Newspaper

Mayor’s Breakfast of Champions Spotlight: Special Olympics Ontario-Aurora

September 28, 2016

Gary Freeman – 3 gold, 1 silver
Mary Haberer – 2 gold, 1 silver
Nathan Kim – 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Lloyd Brown, Sport Technical Coordinator of the Special Olympics Ontario - Aurora team, was the coach who guided them through this event, specifically responsible for Gary and Nathan while Mary was in a different session because of her age group. But, he followed her as much as possible.
The athletes all performed wonderfully, bringing home a dozen medals between them. Not only did they win medals, but they also achieved personal bests: 1 for Mary, 3 for Gary and 5 for Nathan!
With these performances, we are hoping that they may qualify for the national games in Halifax in two years. 

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Swimming Athlete of the Year 2016

Gary Freeman
With with Head Coach Nancy Black,
and athlete representative Andrew Blair

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August 17th 2016

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November - Special Ducks Training at Toronto's High Performance Center

Mary and Christopher
Gary, Nathan, Christopher, Heather, Chantal, and Mary
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April 2015 - Swim Team in Training




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May 2014

On Saturday, May 10th, the Special Ducks hosted our first in-house swim meet at the St. Andrew's College pool, in Aurora. It was a great success, thanks to our many volunteer coaches, timers, referees etc. 

We invited swimmers from Newmarket, and had 15 events that included something for every level of swimmer! For some, it was their first swim meet ever, and for others it was a warm up for National Swim Competition.  This summer the Nationals are being held in Vancouver.

Most of the swimmers who attended, though, compete several times a year and just do it for the love of the sport!

A good time was had by all!


A good time was had by all!

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Nicolas Sabbag, Carly Bryden and Eric Smythe of the Aurora Special Ducks Learn to Compete group enjoy their January 24th Friday night swim practice

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Invitational Swim Meet held at St Andrews College February 2013


The Newmarket Crest Club hosted an Invitational Swim Meet at St Andrews College, Aurora this February.  Aurora Special Ducks fielded a team of 9 athletes (Adam, Andrew, Christopher, Jolen, Mary, Rebecca, Katherine, Devin, and Gary).  Our athletes had numerous first place finishes, and many Personal Best times (PBs).  The day also saw new first time challenges for some Ducks who competed in the 100 Meter Individual Medal event (100IM).  Each 25 meters a different swim stroke is performed: first butterfly, switching to backstroke, then breaststroke and finishing with freestyle.  All athletes did really well.  We thank Newmarket Crest Club for hosting the meet was well organized and ran smoothly at a quick pace.

Thanks to our coaches AJ, Andrea and Lloyd and Head Coach Casey Jacob, as well as all the parents who came out to watch and support our athletes!

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Lots of Fun at the Swim Meet in Barrie, December 2011