Sport for people with intellectual disability

Swimming Ballarat Games

When: Saturday 15th October 2.30pm to 6.45pm

Where: Ballarat Aquatic Centre (50m pool), Gillies Street, North Ballarat

Entry:  $15.00 due please

Swimming Bendigo Games

Saturday 29th October 1pm to 6pm

Peter Krenze YMCA Leisure Centre, Napier Street, Eaglehawk

Entry:  $15.00 due please



Overview of Special Olympics Australia 

For 40 years we have brought people with intellectual disability together with passionate volunteers to participate in weekly sports training, regular competition, fun and friendship.

Despite what many people think, we’re not the Paralympics. The Paralympics is for elite athletes, mainly with physical disability. Special Olympics is for people with intellectual disability.

At Special Olympics Australia everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome. Some participants join to have fun, make friends and enjoy the warmth of a welcoming community, while others are focussed on winning and receiving medals.

We’re not just a major sports event. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training in multiple sports as well as competition at local, state, national and international level. The pinnacle of our competition ladder is the World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports. We also provide health and leadership programs.

Almost 600,000 Australians have an intellectual disability. They are the largest disability population in the country and the world, and in Australia another child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours.

People with intellectual disability can learn new skills and can accomplish goals. They just learn differently, or need more time or support to succeed.

Our focus is to make ability visible. Unlike physical disability, intellectual disability is sometimes invisible.