Join us at the Special Olympics Australia National Games in Adelaide.
From 16-20 April 2018 1,000 athletes with intellectual disability will compete in 11 sports!

Buy tickets

Purchase tickets to a variety of events for families & supporters including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Click here to find out how.

Donate to an athlete

Help an athlete compete at the Games by making a tax-deductible donation. Click here to donate.


Look the part in a variety of 2018 National Games apparel and accessories. Click here to visit the shop.

Meet the teams

See the athletes who will be representing their state in Adelaide! Click here to view.


Families & Supporters Tickets

1 February 2018

Thanks to Orana, tickets to a variety of events for families and supporters are now open. This includes the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

We invite all family members and supporters to register with us to receive a variety of benefits, including travel and discounted entertainment.

To find out more about the events and purchase tickets please click here.

Meet Sammy the Sea Lion

14 December 2017

Introducing the Special Olympics Australia National Games mascot - Sammy the Sea Lion. Hailing from the south-west coast of Australia, Sammy is proud to be a part of and represent such a special and inclusive community.

Sammy is counting down the days until he joins 1,000 of his new Special Olympics Australia teammates in Adelaide from 16 - 20 April 2018.

Click here to find out more about Sammy.

Athlete message

“The National Games will showcase the talents, skills, dedication and achievements of the athletes of Special Olympics Australia. Competitions, like the National Games, mean a lot to athletes. They make them feel valued and gives them a place to belong as part of a team and as part of the worldwide Special Olympics family. Fantastic memories that will stick forever and new friendships that will last a lifetime will be made at these Games. Athletes will be brave in their attempts and will take pride in showing Australia what they can accomplish with understanding and encouragement. Please support us on this exciting journey that will culminate in a fantastic celebration of ability in Adelaide.”


Lachlan Woollett, Board Member and athlete

Lachlan from Adelaide has over a decade of success on the sporting field and now he’s leading the way off the field as a Board Member for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Lachlan is familiar with the thrill of the National Games having competed at two previous Games. He will bring a unique view to the Board as the athlete representative.

Ambassador message

“Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes and amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I’m particularly excited by the National Games in Adelaide where 1,000 sportsmen and women with an intellectual disability will demonstrate their talent and determination in 11 sports, with the support of 900 fantastic volunteers. The Games represent the culmination of four years of training and will be a fantastic celebration of achievement which I encourage everyone to support.”


Peter Overton, Ambassador

Peter is one of the most respected and well-known journalists on Australian TV having anchored Nine’s nightly news bulletin since 2009 and topped the ratings since 2011. Peter became the first national Ambassador for Special Olympics Australia in December 2001 and regularly supports and attends competitions and events.