Preview: Biggest gathering of swimmers since Rio 2016 set for November

A photo montage of athletes with intellectual impairments

Three International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) Championships will see more of the world’s best athletes go for medals in November.

2017 INAS Swimming Championships

With 150 athletes from 20 countries, the competition will be the biggest gathering of swimmers since the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Taking place in Aguascalientes, Mexico, between 27 November – 4 December it will also be one of the marquee events of 2017.

Returning champions such as Chinese Taipei’s Jo Lin Tu headline the field. Tu dominated at the INAS Global Games in Ecuador in 2015, winning the women’s 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly.

One of her main rivals, Australia’s Jade Lucy, will try to defend her 400m and 800m freestyle titles. Teammate Nikesha Sophia Harding is also the women’s 50m breaststroke champion.

In the men’s Brazilian Paralympian Felipe Caltran Vila Real will look to retain his 200m butterfly gold from 2015. He will also try and improve on silver from the 50m fly.

Live updates, videos and pictures will be available throughout at  INAS’ Facebook and Twitter.

2017 INAS World Basketball Championships

Loano, Italy, is preparing to host the World Championships between 20-26 November.

Australia have dominated the court in recent years and return as the women’s 3×3 champions. The Pearls could face Japan in a rematch of their gold medal game in Ecuador from 2015.

Senior players in Eliza Mills, Kim Perry, Molly Urguhart-Moran, Kaitlyn Papworth and Nicole Harris form the core of the Australian team.

The men’s competition will feature the 5×5 format. Games get underway on 22 November.

Live updates and pictures will be available throughout at  INAS’ Facebook and Twitter.

2017 INAS World Indoor Rowing Championships

The 2017 edition of the Championships will take place in Gavirate, Italy, from 25-26 November.

Races in the 500m and 1,000m individual men’s and women’s and mixed relays will be contested.

Live updates and pictures will be available throughout at  INAS’ Facebook and Twitter.

Torneo Internacional de Futbol

Calbuco, Chile, will host this international tournament between 6-10 November.

The competition has been sanctioned by INAS in the build-up to the 2018 INAS World Football Championships in Karlstad, Sweden, from 2-18 August.

#SupportTheBest: dinner and auction

INAS will host a dinner and auction in aid of the world’s best athletes at the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield, Great Britain, on 23 November. Auction lots include trips to INAS Championships in 2018, signed sports memorabilia and much more.

More information and tickets is available here.

INAS represents more than 300,000 athletes with intellectual impairments around the world. We give elite athletes the chance to compete at an international level and on the Paralympic stage. But we cannot continue our work towards the inclusion of the people with intellectual impairments in society without your support.

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