AACD Para Synchro Swimming aims at social and family inclusion. The team has been invited several times to represent Brazil in international competitions. The team is formed by children with disabilities that have been in rehabilitation at AACD. In order to keep up the good work, the team, which counts with 6 athletes, as well as parents and technician, needs support to continue practicing and participating in competition all-year around in Brazil and abroad.
Para Synchro is not yet a recognized Paralympic Sport. AACD has supported this idea and has put together the first brazilian team which is formed mainly by children with disabilities that practice at AACD Sport. The team will participate at 27th Synchro Swimming Festival in Japan, in May 2018, as part of the strategy of several countries to have the modality recognized in the Paralympic Games, but there are several other needs to be met year-round, as well as other competitions to participate in
Efforts of several countries are needed in order to make this a Paralympic sport. It makes this sport more visible to society and also to Committes that evaluate new sports to be introduced at the Games. The project is probably supporting Paralympic athletes that might be at a Paralympic Game in the future, if this sport is approved.
Sports is essential for the self-steam of people with disability. This children are usually shy children that even have to deal with bullying at school and other places. To participate in a team sport at this level has the power to change how they feel about themselves. Being able to compete, even abroad, gives them the sureness of their potential and how special they are. The project helps these children improve their self-steem and feel included in society.