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The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2015, known as “LA2015”, will be the world’s largest sports event for people with intellectual disabilities. More than 7000 athletes from 177 countries will compete at the event being held from 25 July 2015 to 2 August 2015


Hawke's Bay Golf Tournament

You are invited to our next fundraising event! Special Olympics New Zealand is on a mission to provide opportunities for school age children with an intellectual disability in the Hawke's Bay to develop confidence and fitness through sport


What we do

Special Olympics changes lives. Special Olympics New Zealand is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport.


Get involved

Developing physical fitness is more likely to happen with the help of someone who cares. Learn about how you can make a difference by being a volunteer.


Ways to give

Help a child or adult with an intellectual disability experience the joy of competition, the thrill of achievement and the long-term benefits of physical activity.




Welcome to Special Olympics New Zealand

Special Olympics New Zealand offers a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

More than 7,000 athletes train and compete in 13 different Olympic-type summer and winter sports throughout New Zealand. Each year, Special Olympics New Zealand runs more than 200 events in over 40 towns and cities around the country. These events are supported by over 3000 volunteers and are facilitated through a network of Regional Sports Coordinators.

Special Olympics New Zealand is first and foremost a sports organisation but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; it’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life.

Special Olympics New Zealand also operates a free and comprehensive Healthy Athlete Screening programme. People with intellectual disabilities suffer needlessly from chronic pain and disease, blindness, hearing loss and other health conditions. Special Olympics New Zealand aims to reduce these health issues and with your help we can ensure these services continue.

Special Olympics enables its athletes to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.  

Prestigious leadership programme selects eight new members
Special Olympics NZ Golf Tournament, 14 November, Hawkes Bay

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