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.

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:

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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


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Young Athletes is running in:

Melbourne Southern Region at Port Phillip

Melbourne Inner East Region at Vermont South

Dandenong Valley Region at Springvale Park

Sydney Northern Beaches located at Collaroy Plateau

Sydney Southern Region

Registration Form

Click here to download the 2015 Young Athletes registration form.

Inspirational Kids

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