Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia is part of a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport. Special Olympics Australia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Special Olympics is separate to the Olympic and Paralympic movement. Special Olympics was pioneered by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister to US President John F Kennedy as well as Rosemary who had an intellectual disability. Today, Special Olympics supports over 5 million athletes in 177 countries. Through programming in sports, health, education, and community building, they are changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, addressing the global injustice, isolation, intolerance, and inactivity they face.

Special Olympics Australia and DanceSport Australia have recently entered into a partnership to include dance as one of the sports available to people with an intellectual disability through the Special Olympics movement. This follows the recent inclusion of dance into the international Special Olympics movement. In recognition and in support of your work in the inclusion space, we would like to invite your RTF to register with the Special Olympics Affiliate Program.

The Special Olympics Australia 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. With Special Olympics affiliation, your participants will have access to the Special Olympics competition pathway, your club will be promoted on their website, and your coaches will receive access to specialist resources and training through their online learning platform – SOA Learn. Click here for information about coaching here for online learning. There is no cost for your RTF to affiliate with Special Olympics Australia. If you are interested in becoming a Special Olympics Australia Affiliate, please complete the Affiliate Registration and they will be in touch with further information and support. For further information about Special Olympics affiliation please visit their website: Affiliate | Special Olympics Australia

Queensland Paradance Workshop

On Friday 16th July 2021, DanceSport Queensland held a Para Dance Workshop in Cairns. This was presented by Anna Longmore and Meagen Alderton from Para DanceSport Victoria. In the workshop Anna and Meagen covered the fundamentals of teaching Para DanceSport. The Workshop was a huge success with close to 20 attendees. Para DanceSport Victoria would like to thank DanceSport Queensland for the opportunity to present the workshop to their members. If you are interested in learning more about Para Dance please contact Jason Beaman or Anna Longmore via email.


Dancesport Victoria’s Executive Office Anna Longmore sits down with Matthew. #askdsv Click image to view video.