Our Affiliate Program has been developed to support and acknowledge programs that strive to offer an inclusive environment for athletes with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.
The program aims to build strong and long-term relationships between Special Olympics Australia and the sporting community by offering regular participation, competition pathways, training and skill-development for both athletes and coaches.
If you’re interested in finding out more, please click here to complete our expression of interest form.
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’.
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:
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.