Through participation in Special Olympics sports, athletes gain
confidence, self-esteem and personal skills. With this new
confidence, some athletes wish to pursue other opportunities
within the Special Olympics programme either in addition to their
sport or as a follow on from past participation.
Athlete Leadership encourages athletes to develop skills which will
empower them to be advocates for all athletes and act as a Leader
for Special Olympics.
Becoming involved in Athlete Leadership provides athletes with
many new and different opportunities. Training is provided to
athletes who wish to become Athlete Leaders. The training helps
athletes to build on their confidence and self-esteem and
encourages them to contribute to the organisation in a wider
context. It also gives athletes a voice in spreading the word about
the positive change Special Olympics can bring to individuals and