From 17-21 October 2022, 1,080 athletes with intellectual disabilities will converge on Launceston, Tasmania for the 2022 Special Olympics Australia National Games proudly presented by NAB.
The Games will see inspirational athletes from around the country compete in 15 sports.
They’ll be joined by hundreds of volunteers for the years’ most inclusive and joyous sporting event for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is part of a global inclusion movement for people with intellectual disabilities. We use sport as a platform to unite people and promote inclusion. By volunteering, you’d be a part of something authentic and unforgettable. You’ll be a part of something that will better the lives of people with intellectual disabilities immensely.
Join us and be inspired by these athletes and help us create a more inclusive Australia.
Martin Smith from Special Olympics Queensland must have missed the memo about the physical characteristics of people with Down Syndrome including low muscle tone and decreased strength.
Competing across mainstream and Special Olympics powerlifting competitions, Martin’s training routine incorporates leg pressing 114 kg, deadlifting 104 kg and bench pressing 70 kg.
His Special Olympics journey spans 26 years, from joining as a 13-year-old to winning a swag of gold medals in gymnastics at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles in 2015 and in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
On returning from Abu Dhabi, Martin added powerlifting into the mix with his regular basketball and swimming training.
Martin’s drive, dedication and confidence make him a role model to up-and-coming young athletes, and he has notched up coaching accreditations in basketball, gymnastics, and swimming.
Martin’s mother believes Special Olympics Australia was Martin’s lifesaver. What Martin discovered is that Special Olympics provides more than just sport and competition.