Special Olympics


Through the power of sport, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people especially those with an intellectual disability.

The global mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Are You Eligible?

According to the Special Olympics Official General Rules a person is considered to have an intellectual disability for purposes of determining eligibility to participate in Special Olympics if that person satisfies anyone of the following requirements:
The person has been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability as determined by their localities.

The person has a cognitive delay, as determined by standardised measures such as intelligent quotient or ‘IQ’ testing or other measures which are generally accepted within the professional community in that Accredited Program's nation as being a reliable measurement of the existence of a cognitive delay.

The person has a closely related developmental disability. A ‘closely related developmental disability’ means having functional limitations in both general learning (such as IQ) and in adaptive skills (such as in recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care). However, persons whose functional limitations are based solely on a physical, behavioural, or emotional disability, or a specific learning or sensory disability, are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes, but may be eligible to volunteer for Special Olympics

Young Athlete Program

Special Olympics Young Athletes is an early childhood sports play program for children aged 2-7 years old that includes games, songs and other fun physical activities. Programs are delivered by a number of accredited clubs across Queensland. If you require further information please contact development@gymqld.org.au

List of club providers

  • Splitz Gym – Sumner

  • Varsity Lakes Trampoline and Gymnastics Club – Varsity Lakes

  • Gold Coast Gymnastics – Miami

  • Amain Gymnastics – Brendale

Special Olympics Competitive Programs

  • Men's Gymnastics

  • Women's Gymnastics

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics

List of club providers

  • Goodna & District Gymnastics

  • Amain Gymnastics Club

  • Bundaberg PCYC

  • Gympie Gymnastics

  • Super Performance Centre

  • Bayside PCYC 

2016 Special Olympics Queensland Events Calendar

Useful Links

 Special Olympics A4 Flyer  Special Olympics International
 Special Olympics FAQ  Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics Rules and Routines 
 Special Olympics Australia  Special Olympics Artistic Gymnastics Rules and routines
 Special Olympics Queensland  Special Olympics Routines (Videos and Downloadable Music)
 The Inclusion Club (inclusive sport and active recreation for people with a disability)

For more information please contact Melissa Arkell on arkells@bigpond.com