Special Olympics Australia Wintersports program is a national program whereby we provide athletes with the opportunity to learn to ski / snowboard as well as train and compete in alpine skiing and snowboarding competitions.
SOA Participant camps provide a fully supported Wintersports experience. Participant camps include fully supported on and off snow support, ski equipment hire, lift pass, lessons, accommodation and meals.
These camps are focused on fun, creating an environment to realise a positive learning experience for everyone from the first-timer that has never seen snow to the seasoned skier that is looking to have a week or weekend away with friends and to meet new people.
The SOA Development camps provide training opportunities for athletes wishing to develop their skills in preparation for competition. This program provides a pathway for competition and aims to teach race-specific skills. Athletes will participate in small training groups, receiving SOA Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding coaching to enhance ski technique and provide racing practice through a specifically developed training program for Special Olympics competition.
Minimum skiing ability and independence standards apply for participation in SOA Development camps. Athletes will need to demonstrate they meet these standards, either from past involvement in the program at a recreation camp, or relevant case. These standards are:
- Confident blue terrain skier, linking parallel turns
- Able to ride the lift without assistance
- Able to put on own ski gear/equipment without (or very minimal) assistance
- Requires limited off-snow care in performing daily routine (e.g. general hygiene, eating, etc.)
Please see dates and approximate pricing below. Click here to complete the expression of interest by May 8th 2017.
Once all camp numbers are confirmed Special Olympics Australia will provide update on final pricing for each camp. Please note pricing excludes airfares for interstate athletes. All athletes are required to be a current SOA and DWA registered athlete.
Special Olympics Australia is looking to grow and develop its Wintersports program so we are looking for people who are interested in becoming State Coordinators, coaches, on-snow support and off-snow support. Click here to see an outline of what the roles involve.
If you would like to volunteer at a Wintersports camp in 2017 please click here to complete your online expression of interest by 8 May 2017.
If you have any questions please contact Lauren Camino, National Sport and Event Program Manager on 1300 225 762.
In March 2017, 12 athletes represented Australia at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. They brought home 10 medals, 14 ribbons and memories that will last a lifetime. Check out all the action including photos, media and results:
From 26 January - 6 February 2013, Australia were represented by five athletes and three officials at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. This was the first-time Australian athletes competed in snowsports at a World Winter Games.
2016 Wintersports Program