Regina Optimist Dolphin swimmer, Michael Qing set 3 Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO) Mosaic under 21 Short Course World records over the weekend at the 4th Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO) World Swimming Championships in Albufeira Portugal.

Michael’s Gold Medal and World Record performances were achieved in the 50 meter Breaststroke, the 100 m Backstroke and 1500 m Freestyle.

Michael’s time in the 50 Breast was 0:37.18 which was almost a full 2 seconds off his personal best. In the 100 back Michael achieved a best time by more than 5 seconds to finish with a time of 1:11.74 surpassing the previous World Record by over 6 seconds. In the 1500 meter Free Michael shaved off an incredible 38 seconds to finish with a time of 19:03.80; beating the old record by over 7 minutes.

According to Michael’ Mom, who is in Portugal with Michael, there is an incredible energetic atmosphere at the swimming pool in Portugal.

Today was a day off and competition resumes Tuesday December 2 and concludes Wednesday December 3 with a Closing ceremony and Gala Dinner.

Later this week, Michael will be honored in Toronto at the Special Olympics Canada Awards Banquet and Festival, as he is being awarded the 2008 Special Olympics Canada Male Athlete of the Year. Michael’s dad and sister will be in Toronto to accept this award on his behalf.

Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO) was created out of concern that swimmers with Down Syndrome were being outclassed in competition by other people with learning disabilities who did not have the same physical disabilities that are often associated with Down Syndrome. For this reason the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation (DSISO) was created. This organisation now provides the opportunity to swim at a World Class level through its World Championships held every two years and also keeps World Record information for swimmers with Down Syndrome. Swimmers who register with DSISO every two years are able to keep in touch with other Down Swimmers and eventually, as in the UK, South Africa and Australia, established their own DS National Swimming Organisations to further the opportunities for Down Swimmers such as National and Regional Championships.

For more information contact:

Marj Walton Peter Wilkins
Executive Director Coach of Michael Qing
Swim Saskatchewan Inc. Regina Optimist Dolphins (ROD)
Phone/voice: 780-9238 ROD office: 586-3909
Cell: 539-4430 Cell: 540-5773
Fax: 525-4009 Email: