Faced with the continuing uncertainty about the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on athlete preparation, travel, and other key considerations, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Junior National Games in Launceston, Tasmania.

The safety and wellbeing of our athletes is Special Olympics Australia’s top priority.

We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the athletes, families, and volunteers who expected to attend the Games, but also to the local Launceston community.

Athletes, families, and teams have faced great uncertainty in their lives due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, this uncertainty will continue to hinder the Games, preventing a sure and safe preparation.

We have made this decision after careful consideration and consultation. We understand the gravity of the unprecedented situation and what it means for young people with intellectual disabilities, connected families and friends who rely on Special Olympics events for community, and for the supporters of inclusion.

We remain committed to providing opportunities for young people with intellectual disability to participate in sport and experience competition events. We will work with all stakeholders to ensure young athletes can take part in safe, localised sporting events this year, and will provide details about forthcoming events in due course.

Athletes and Families: for any enquiries on athlete levies, please contact