Volunteer with SONZ

Volunteers play a key role in helping Special Olympics NZ deliver so many opportunities, activities and great experiences for our athletes. 


We rely on over 1,500 volunteers to support and enable the delivery of programmes across New Zealand and beyond — facilitating access to year round training and competition for all New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities. 

Special Olympics NZ is always looking for energetic volunteers to take on roles crucial for the smooth operation of clubs and events.


We're committed to recruiting a diverse and vibrant team of volunteers who reflect the communities we live in. 

You can volunteer in many different ways.


We encourage you to get involved in what you're interested in, and put in as much or as little time as you'd like!


Read on to learn about the many different volunteer roles we have available.

Club volunteers

Club volunteer roles vary greatly — some volunteers are coaches who commit hundreds of hours every year, while others give an hour or two to drive athletes to an event.

Club volunteer roles include: 

  • Sports coach / Assistant coach 

  • Athlete 1:1 support 

  • Driver 

  • Administrator

  • First Aider 

  • Treasurer 

  • Fundraiser 

  • PR (Photography, Social Media, Website)

  • Chair Person

  • Event Manager 

  • Data Entry / Results

Keen to change the lives of people in your local community with an intellectual disability?


Contact your local club today!


Once you get in touch, with your local club, they'll guide you through the application process to become a volunteer.

Once this is complete, you will be mentored by someone in your club.


They'll support you in discovering the role(s) you'd like to do and will help you to develop your skills. 

National volunteers


When big events like National Games come along, hundreds of people come together to roll out a great event for all our athletes.


People volunteer their skills in photography, writing, data entry, journalism, graphic design and much more. 

National volunteers help us out all over the country throughout the entire year.

Would you like to become a National volunteer?


Contact Kylie Henderson today!

Healthy Athletes volunteer

If you are a health care professional who would like to donate some of your time to help our athletes, Special Olympics New Zealand would love to hear from you.

Check out our Healthy Athletes programme for more information or contact Asti Farrell today to get involved!

Volunteer recognition

We couldn't function without our amazing volunteers and have a number of awards to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work individuals put in to support and run the Special Olympics clubs across the country.

Find out more

Postal address:

PO Box 38344, Wellington Mail Centre, Lower Hutt 5045

Physical address:

Pelorus Trust Sports House, 93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt 5010

Telephone: +64 4 560 0360

Fax: +64 4 560 0040

Email: admin@specialolympics.org.nz

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