Special Olympics Australia | Young Athletes Program

Young Athletes

People with an intellectual disability are Australia's largest disability population. Over 600,000 Australians have an intellectual disability and another child is diagnosed every two hours.

Young Athletes gives young children with an intellectual disability a stepping stone into sport. The focus is on fun activities that are important for mental and physical growth. It also provides a supportive network for parents and can open their eyes as to what is possible, rather than what they are so often told is impossible.

Young Athletes is a play-based program for young children - from 2-8 years old - who have an intellectual disability and peers who do not. Young Athletes elevates the abilities of children in a socially inclusive, play-based program with an emphasis on sports skill development. Each Young Athletes program has a qualified Early Years head coach, one adult volunteer for every four children participating, and a comprehensive curriculum, including areas covering gross motor, social skills and health.

To understand the power of Young Athletes watch best friends Violet and Anja in the video below from Special Olympics Minnesota.

The program creates welcoming family support networks and addresses three key areas:

As seen in Child magazine!

Click here to read why Special Olympics Australia's Young Athletes program is one of the top five ways to change a child’s world in 2016!! CHILD magazine is Australia's largest parenting publication.

Get Involved!

New South Wales
Sydney South
Contact Coralie Hile at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sydney Northern Beaches (Beacon Hill War Memorial Hall)
Contact Elise Bullie at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Melbourne South at Port Phillip
Melbourne Inner East at Vermont South
Dandenong Valley at Springvale Park

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Splitz Gym Sumner Park, Ipswich PCYC, Varsity Lakes Trampoline & Gymnastics, Gold Coast Gymnastics, Bundaberg PCYC, Hervey Bay Gymnastics, Chinchilla Gymnastics

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