22156-Ian Soules photo


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Orlando, FL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in June 2011 with the Orange Country Special Olympic team in Florida, United States of America. He then joined his school swim team at Freedom High School the same year.
Why this sport?
His mother wanted to find him a social activity so he would not sit inside and play video games all summer. She enrolled him in a number of special needs sports programmes, and found swimming suited him the most. "Swimming makes me happy. It makes me feel like I can do anything. It makes me feel important."
Club / Team
Athletes Without Limits: United States

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be so good they can't ignore you." (Facebook profile, 16 Apr 2018)
He was diagnosed with autism as a child. (, 27 Oct 2011)
Other information
He was diagnosed with autism as a child, and his mother Celeste says that while he had a difficult time making friends at school at first, once he joined the swim team he grew in confidence and his social circle grew. He was voted the swim team captain in his senior year. "By being involved with the high school swim team Ian blossomed socially, making friends and being accepted for his strengths. He was voted Homecoming King in his senior year as well as the swim team captain. He also received a 2016 Disney Dreamers and Doers award for his inspiration and positive influence on his peers. These experiences have built confidence, which in turn becomes independence and maturity. Although autism is part of who he is, it does not define what he can become and achieve." (NPC, 20 Jun 2016)