In 2017, 200 young athletes with an intellectual disability aged 8-15 will come together on the Gold Coast (QLD) to compete across four sports at the fourth Junior National Games. The sports they will participate in are athletics, basketball, football and swimming which will all be held at Runaway Bay Sport & Recreation Centre.
The logo for the Games captures the movement that comes with playing sport. The sun, surf, sand and hinterland of the Gold Coast are represented in the colours which are as bright and cheerful as our junior athletes. Each of the three figures represents an athlete. Together they have come together to celebrate sport, fun and friendship on the Gold Coast. Each has their hands are raised in the air as they feel the joy of the Games and cheer on their colleagues.
The Junior National Games brings together hundreds of young athletes that are often competing at their first major competition away from home, so it is a lively and vibrant event. Just check out this video by the Today show covering the 2012 Junior Games in Newcastle. The story won Best Representation of People with Disability at the 2013 Australian Sports Commission Media Awards.
From 6-10 December 2012, 250 young athletes came together in Newcastle (NSW) to compete in athletics, basketball, cricket, football, swimming and tennis at the third Junior National Games.
The second Junior National Games were held in Canberra (ACT) and saw 250 young athletes compete across eight sports in some of Australia’s best sporting venues at the Australian Institute of Sport. Northern Territory was represented for the first time ever at a national Special Olympics Australia competition. We also welcomed athletes from Indonesia and Afghanistan.
The inaugural Junior National Games were held in Launceston in December 2004. At the Games 160 young athletes demonstrated their skills across six sports over four days. The sports on offer were: athletics, basketball, football, gymnastics, swimming and tennis.