Autistic boy, 9, disqualified from Special Olympics swimming final 'for going TOO fast'

United Kingdom
November 28, 2016 4:09pm CST
i had to really google swimming and really need to make sure that i understood the basic rules in joining a swimming competition. obviously it is a sport. a RELAY that involves butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley in the water. Relay-- does it also involves SPEED?! how unfortunate for an Autistic boy that these officials just decided that he is disqualified for being TOO FAST!?! these adults is making the 9 year old feel that it is WRONG to be FAST- TOO FAST. his Mum said that her son is very Competitive. He Loves swimming. (maybe) one of the very few things that he loves to do and which i believe that he does really well with is the only thing that cause him disappointment and upsets him. i feel really sad for him. Link: https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/33349795/boy-with-autism-disqualified-from-competition-for-swimming-too-fast/
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@Marty1 (25681)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
28 Nov
@Therrealmaryyy I think this is pathetic of the specialOlympics I was very sad for him too!He did win fair and square and deserves a public apology!
4 people like this
• United Kingdom
28 Nov
the officials needs to check their ground rules. he didn't even do anything. he didn't violate anything.
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• Italy
28 Nov
@therealmaryyy He broke a rule, a silly rule I may say. More or less the article says: You can't cheat by swimming at a slower pace during the heating sessions in order to be placed in a lower division during the qualifications. The officials think this was one of those cases. Then the article continues. Rory swam 15.8% faster than his heat but someone please explain to me how a nine-year-old child would think of doing that or being that calculating. And I do agree with it.
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• United Kingdom
28 Nov
@sabtraversa yes it was stated in the article and the officials told his mum about that rule that they called.. i mean- still i feel that there is something is not right.. :(
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@Happy2BeMe (66913)
• Canada
28 Nov
That is really sad. He gets punished for exceeding at something he is passionate about. That just isn't fair.
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• United Kingdom
28 Nov
it is very unfair to just disqualify him for an unacceptable reason.
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@Happy2BeMe (66913)
• Canada
29 Nov
@therealmaryyy Oh I agree! They should be encouraging him and not punishing him
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@Orson_Kart (4032)
• United Kingdom
28 Nov
It seems very oxymoronish to be the fastest/fittest disabled athlete. Unlike able-bodied athletes, they have to be categorised, and that must be difficult.
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• Italy
28 Nov
I was going to write that too, not all disabilities are the same so one gets an advantage over another. It is more about individuality than competing.
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@Corbin5 (78931)
• United States
28 Nov
They really did take an opportunity away from this child! Not right at all.
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• United Kingdom
28 Nov
he will never forget this :( not right at all :(
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@akalinus (12447)
• United States
28 Nov
Excuse the language, but it sounds like a load of crap.
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• United Kingdom
29 Nov
i totally agree
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@JudyEv (97181)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
This is absolutely crazy. What are these people thinking?
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• United Kingdom
28 Nov
the officials were not thinking of the negative impact that they caused for this young boy
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• Rochester, New York
29 Nov
How sad! My sister does Special Olympics. She participates in the bowling and golf events.
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• United Kingdom
29 Nov
ohh nice! i miss playing bowling but never played gold. how is your sister?