Para swimming is swimming for people with impairments resulting from a health condition (disability). Para athletes can have a physical, visual or intellectual impairment and compete in a variety of classification classes, depending on their functional ability to perform each stroke. Para swimming competitions include freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and medley events.

Te Arawa swimming has a growing interest in promoting para swimming. We work in partnership with a number of organisations to be a part of para swimming camps and coaching sessions.

We currently have a group of para swimmers who train in both specialist and mainstream squads. If you would like to find out more about how to access swimming training for disabilities please contact

Two of our current competitive para swimmers Bailey Conlon and Siobhan Terry currently swim at a National level and were part of the recent NZ Tri-series team. Bailey recently broke a NZ Para record (SB14) in 50 Breast.

Siobhan also coaches some of our younger para swimmers, as well as keeping busy in her roles as Parafed Bay of Plenty youth ambassador, Halberg youth council member, and studies towards a Batchelor of Sport and Recreation at Toi-Ohomai. For more info on her journey see the profile below: