Benefits and Opportunities

Competition and Pathway Opportunities

Affiliation provides competition and pathway opportunities in Special Olympics for all eligible people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism participating in registered affiliate programs.

The benefit of Special Olympics competition pathway is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate, and every athlete is recognised for their performance.

Competitions are structured so athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions. Within Special Olympics we call this ‘divisioning’.

Promotion and Awareness

We are part of a global inclusion movement which supports over 5 million athletes, 1 million coaches and volunteers, more than 100,000 competitions each year, and 32 Olympic-type sports through programs in more than 170 countries.

To support our Affiliate Partners we can provide:

  • Marketing and promotional support
  • Co-branded activities and programs to show the value in working together as a force for good
  • Access to Special Olympics support documents and sport rules
  • Competition opportunities
  • Educational opportunities to coaches through online learning
  • Referrals for new athletes to your program

Our Partnership

Through affiliate programs, Special Olympics Australia recognises and supports community sporting clubs, associations and centres which strive to create an inclusive environment for people with an intellectual disability and/or autism.

We want to partner with your organisation to further develop your skills, resources and reach to ensure athletes, coaches and volunteers all achieve their personal best.


Bridport Golf Club


Coastal Champions

CYC Gymnastics


Table Tennis League

Devonport Gymnastics


Eastern Gymnastics Club


FC Bulleen Lions


Golf Programs Australia Incorporated

Hobart YMCA


InsideOutside Dance


Keperra Country
Golf Club

Moonee Valley

MYC Gymnastics


Recwest Braybrook


Slamin Tennis


Summersalt Gymnastics


Tamworth Tenpins & More


Valley District Cricket