Anyone with an intellectual disability aged six or older can train as a Special Olympics athlete.

Special Olympics offers weekly training across multiple sports as well as regular competitions for those who want to compete. Competition is not for everyone, so our focus is on participation and helping every athlete achieve their personal best.
While the sports available in local programs depend on the availability of volunteers and venues, our official sports are: 

Who do I contact if I want to join?

If you are interested in finding out about Special Olympics in your community you should contact your Regional Special Olympics Office. There are five Special Olympics Regions. Click on the name of your Region below to find out more:

What else can I do in Special Olympics?

In addition to sports training and competition, there is an Athlete Leadership Programme (also known as ALPs) for Special Olympics athletes who are over 16 years old. Athletes learn leadership skills such as how to represent other athletes as part of a committee, they learn about public speaking and making presentations and how to be a volunteer. If you would like more information about ALPs please click here.

Athletes Blog

Meet Mei Lin and Lorraine - 2 Special Olympics Athletes from Eastern Region and Connaught

Special Olympics Aquatics Athlete, Mei Lin   Special Olympics Aquatic athlete, Lorraine Mahon


Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:47:00 GMT

    He was almost 92 years of age and very fond of me 

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:37:00 GMT

    You only have one life, live it, dream big and work at it until you get there 

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:10:00 GMT

    Swimming training has started again after the summer break