By Special Olympics Australia

October 2020

Geoff Vickers has been involved with Special Olympics Athletics since 1996.

His outstanding contribution in voluntary Special Olympics positions began when his youngest son Daniel was seven, in 1991, and Geoff saw an advertisement for the organisation’s local club in the community newspaper, St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.

Daniel has an intellectual disability, as well as cystic fibrosis, and his prognosis was that he would live until he was 14. Specialist advice had recommended exercise as beneficial to Daniel’s condition, so he joined Special Olympics Sydney South Club. Before long, Geoff was lured into coaching the club’s athletics program, and inevitably drawn into committee positions. By the 2002 National Games, he was coaching the NSW athletics squad and still coordinates the athletics programs across the state.

Father and son have continued their parallel trajectory along Special Olympics pathways, which has seen Geoff in various key organisational roles. These include Head of Delegation for NSW teams of more than 300 athletes at the 2006 National Games on the Gold Coast and 2010 National Games in Adelaide, and chair of the National Selection Committee responsible for choosing athletes to attend World Games. As the athletics coordinator he organised state and interclub carnivals every year for the last 18 years and has been the Athletics Technical Delegate for the last 2 Junior National Games.

Geoff is also still involved as chair of his local club, Special Olympics Sydney South.

Welcome on-board Geoff!



Combining the transformative power of sport and a holistic approach to athlete well-being enables Special Olympics Australia to support a better life for people with an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics Australia strives to ensure that everyone living with an intellectual disability can participate in sport. Our dedicated network of volunteers creates accessible sports training, coaching and competition opportunities that allow people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best – in sport and in life.

We provide:

  • Weekly grassroots sporting, recreational, social and health activities in local communities around Australia.
  • An environment where people with an intellectual disability can develop physical fitness, build self-esteem, demonstrate courage, and make friends.
  • Competition pathways ranging from weekly club events, to regional, state, and national games, culminating in the Special Olympics World Games.