From 19-21 October 2020, young athletes ages 8 to 15 years old with an intellectual disability will come together in Launceston, Tasmania to compete across five sports at the fifth Special Olympics Australia Junior National Games.
The Junior National Games is an opportunity for schools, families, friends and communities connected to intellectual disability from around Australia to be welcomed into the world of Special Olympics and share the joy of sports with all children.
The Games provides children with intellectual disabilities activities and sports which meet their individual skill and ability levels, while allowing them to play together in a fun and inclusive environment. The Games shows that all children should be valued for their talents and abilities with children of all abilities taking part and benefitting.
The fourth junior National Games were held at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland from 3-6 July 2017. The Games saw 200 young athletes participate in athletes, basketball, football and swimming at Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre.
From 6-10 December 2012, 250 young athletes came together in Newcastle (NSW) to compete in athletics, basketball, cricket, football, swimming and tennis at the third Junior National Games.
The second Junior National Games were held in Canberra (ACT) and saw 250 young athletes compete across eight sports in some of Australia’s best sporting venues at the Australian Institute of Sport. Northern Territory was represented for the first time ever at a national Special Olympics Australia competition. We also welcomed athletes from Indonesia and Afghanistan.
The inaugural Junior National Games were held in Launceston in December 2004. At the Games 160 young athletes demonstrated their skills across six sports over four days. The sports on offer were: athletics, basketball, football, gymnastics, swimming and tennis.