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!
25 September 2017
We would like to extend a big congratulations to Port Adelaide AFL defender Jack Hombsch on being awarded the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award at last night's Brownlow Medal ceremony.
Jack has worked tirelessly both on and off the field to drive awareness about intellectual disabilities and we're extremely lucky to have such a driven champion on the board of the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games. Cheers to your achievements, Jack!
7 September 2017
The journey to Adelaide has begun for hundreds of athletes with an intellectual disability around Australia as they receive the exciting news they have been selected to represent their state at the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games.
For local South Australian athletes Josh Morpeth and Paul Leikas, the occasion was extra special as they were presented with their offer letters by cycling legend Stuart O'Grady and Charles Sturt Mayor Angela Evans.
“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.
“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.