Athletes from Kern County participated in the 2nd annual Special Olympics aquatics invitational

Around 200 volunteers and coaches were also there

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Over 200 athletes with Kern County Special Olympics hit the pool Saturday for the second annual aquatics invitational. 

It is a part of the regional spring games for Special Olympics. 

Around 200 volunteers and coaches were also there to cheer on the swimmers. 

The event gives the athletes a chance to show off their swimming skills and bring home a gold, silver of bronze medal. 

"The best part is the fact that they can be around other athletes of the same type of disabilities and their peers and also that they get the opportunity just to be able to swim just like any other child or adult would be willing to do," said Davida Murphy the Regional Director. 

There are 12 sports year around in the Special Olympics, six of which are spring events. 

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