Special Olympics Australia | Young Athletes Program

Young Athletes

Every two hours an Australian child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability and join the the world’s largest disability population.

Our Young Athletes program helps families that have a young child with an intellectual disability to build a pathway to regular sports participation and a platform of success in life. Through early experiences, Young Athletes starts everybody on the right track.

Program Information

Join in for our Free Registration & Fun Day
Sunday May 18, 10:15am to 11:00am
Collaroy Plateau Youth & Community Centre, 36 Blandford Street, Collaroy Plateau

Term 2 Session Dates: Sundays 10:15 to 11:00m May 25, June 1, June 15, June 22, June 29
*Parents are required to stay for the session: they may choose to watch or participate

Total Term 2 Session costs= $100*
Training Session fees - $50 ($10 per session) paid by May 24
2014 Registration Fee - $50 (one-time fee for 2014, will not occur again Term 3 & 4)
*Financial Assistance is available, SO policy states that fees should not be a barrier for participation 

Registration closes May 24 for Term 2: Click here to register

For Questions Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Young Athletes Includes:
Qualified Early Years Head Coach
One Adult Volunteer to Every 4 Children Participating
Comprehensive Curriculum including areas of Gross Motor, Social skills, & Health

About Young Athletes

Young Athletes is a physical activity and play-based program with an emphasis on sports skill development for young children (2-8 years old) who experience intellectual disabilities and peers who do not experience disability. Australian Young Athletes aims to elevate the abilities of all Australian children in a socially inclusive, child-centered space through an active play-based program with an emphasis on sports skill development. The program will create welcoming family support networks for the encouragement the development of the child and family. Young Athletes runs three types of groups including community, in-school, and home- based programs.

Young Athletes addresses three key areas:


For further information please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Young Athletes is running in:

Melbourne Southern Region at Port Phillip

Melbourne Inner East Region at Vermont South

New Program starting 18 May 2014:

NSW - Sydney Northern Beaches located at Collaroy Plateau

New Program starting 21 June 2014:

Victoria - Dandenong Valley Region at Springvale Park

Click here to download a registration form

Inspirational Kids

Meet Violet and Anja who have become the best of friends though Young Athletes. Video by Special Olympics Minnesota.