Support an athlete with an intellectual disability to Keep them in the Game.

Donate now to provide the coaching and training our athletes need to support their mental and physical health in these tough times.

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  • Ramila Udalagama just donated $32.24

People with an intellectual disability are 5 times more likely to experience mental health issues.

We urgently need to raise $100,000 to support the mental and physical health of 3,338 athletes with an intellectual disability to keep them in the game.

COVID-19 has created even bigger barriers for this marginalised and socially isolated community.

And with limited funding compared to major sporting competitions, Special Olympics Australia needs your help.

Please sponsor an athlete now to provide specialist coaching and training in these tough times to support them for the next 6 months.

Join us and let our athletes know they are not forgotten!

Donate now and you will receive a personal certificate of recognition. All donations over $500 receive a Special Olympics Australia inclusion medal.

Special Olympics empowers people with an intellectual disability – of all capabilities to realise their dreams.

By giving them the opportunity to play sport, it opens the door to personal achievement, pride and inclusion.

Sports training keeps people with an intellectual disability physically active, motivated and socially connected to their coaches and friends. 

With limited funding compare to mainstream sporting organisations, we rely on the generosity of people like you to support our athletes.

So let’s stand together and show our athletes they are not alone!

Sponsor an athlete to provide training and support to keep them in the game.

“My dream is to keep improving on my personal best.”

Name: Ellen Maher
Age: 21
Sport: Gymnastics
Disability: Down syndrome

Stand with Ellen

“My dream is to represent my country at the next World Games.”

Name: Chris Bunton
Age: 28
Sport: Gymnastics and swimming
Disability: Down syndrome

Stand with Chris

“My dream is to win gold at the next World Games.”

Name: Krystel Pugsley
Age: 23
Sport: Basketball
Disability: Triple X syndrome

Stand with Krystel

A Global Inclusion Movement

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement that supports over 5 million athletes in over 177 countries.

It gives people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to play sport and opens the door to personal achievement, pride and inclusion for some of the most marginalised and isolated members of our community.

Like the Olympics and Paralympics, Special Olympics believe in the power of sport to create a better world. Each organisation has a slightly different focus.

The Olympics is an iconic and well supported major sporting event for elite athletes.

The Paralympics is a major sporting event for elite athletes, mainly with a physical disability.

Special Olympics is a year-round multi-sports program for people with an intellectual disability who have access to robust competition pathways including our State Games, National Games and World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports.

Our Impact in Australia

Special Olympics Australia began in 1976 when many people with an intellectual disability were shut in institutions. Whilst this is no longer the norm in Australia, we continue to see public support to ensure that people with an intellectual disability are not shut out and feel included and supported to achieve their dreams.

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$400

Damian Ferguson

$10

Edwin Javier

$156

Anonymous

$500

Sanaz Amirifar Amirifar

$52

David Hibbert

Good onya guys! The very best of luck!

$64

Nigel Mccook

$298

Vute Sirivivatnanon

$31

Hameed Nabizada

You're Beautiful and Strong. Keep your head up Stay Strong :)

$600

Matched Donation

$300

David Pritchett

$64

John Weaving

$620

Norton Rose Fulbright Perth

$26

Benh Voong

$52

Matched Donation

$130

Jeremy Gawne

$260

Matched Donation

$510

Anonymous

$1.02k

Matched Donation

$32

Ramila Udalagama

Hey, we wish you a merry Christmas and hope all your dreams and aspirations come true!!!

$64

Matched Donation

$32

Anonymous

$64

Matched Donation

$130

Alison Hawe

Good Luck all. Enjoy Tasmania 2021.

$260

Matched Donation

$64

Jim Sankey

Congratulations on your achievements you are an inspiration to everyone!!!

$129

Matched Donation

$64

Gareth Dear

$129

Matched Donation

$64

Margaret Parratt

Thank you Special Olympics!

$129

Matched Donation

$64

Jason Howard

$129

Matched Donation

$1,000

Anonymous

$2k

Matched Donation

$64

Carmel

Keep up the great team work.

$129

Matched Donation

$21

Anonymous

$42

Matched Donation

$104

Charles Rottier

$208

Matched Donation

$64

Bryce Wilson

$129

Matched Donation

$510

Geraldine Edgley

Give it your best!! Make everyone proud especially yourselves. Wishing you every success

$1.02k

Matched Donation

$64

Lorraine Fuller Fuller

$129

Matched Donation

$510

Anonymous

So proud of you

$1.02k

Matched Donation

$208

Rose Bell

$416

Matched Donation

$129

Matched Donation

$64

Carole Moss

$10

Good Luck

$21

Matched Donation

$21

Anonymous

Aussie, Aussie Aussie!!

$42

Matched Donation

$125

Melissa Fogarty

I have always loved playing sport and it is particularly special that you have worked so hard to attain an Olympic level in your chosen sport. Train hard, play hard, have fun!

$250

Matched Donation

$16

Monika Doepgen

$31

Matched Donation

$32

Sam Bridges

$64

Matched Donation

$20

Anonymous

$40

Matched Donation

$130

Julie O’keefe

Congratulations on being part of the team. Keep striving to reach your goals. You are a star for making it so far.✨✨✨✨✨

$260

Matched Donation

$104

Katie Perpitch Perpitch

$208

Matched Donation

$64

Julie Potts

$129

Matched Donation

$130

Amanda Styles

$260

Matched Donation

$32

Pam Morris

$64

Matched Donation

$32

Trenna Thomson

$64

Matched Donation

$52

Carolyn Mcmurtrie

$104

Matched Donation

$52

Peter Freer

$104

Matched Donation

$32

Stephen Rooney

Merry Christmas

$64

Matched Donation

$31

Ropeti Mataafa Mataafa

Yes I'm sorry I made a mistake in my comment that I put up before. Now I'm supporting these poor kids.

$62

Matched Donation

$32

Karina Hanlon

$64

Matched Donation

$64

Elizabeth Mathews

Good luck with the training, I hope you have fun!

$129

Matched Donation

$31

Anonymous

I wish you all the best in the future. Hope everything goes well for you.

$62

Matched Donation

$10

Sharon Eyles

Good luck!!!!

$21

Matched Donation

$32

Robyn Langford

$64

Matched Donation

$32

Anna Ramsay

$64

Matched Donation

$64

Matched Donation

$32

Sarah Malam

$64

Anneliese Whipp

Love you Louise! So happy to sponsor you❤️💕👍🏿

$129

Matched Donation