Special Olympics welcomes athletes year round. As well, Special Olympics Cobequid holds an annual Registration Day on the last Wednesday of September each year. Location and time can be found on our website beginning in late August. This is a great chance to answer any questions you may have. If you miss registration day, contact us and we will assist you.
Special Olympics offers programs to individuals of all ages. Children aged 2-6 years of age can register in Special Olympics Canada's Active Start, the first stage in the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model which allows people to stay “active for life” in community based programs, and/or work to reach the podium in competitive training programs if they choose. For children aged 7-12 years there is FUNdamentals. Special Olympics Nova Scotia (SONS) offers 14 sports (12 official and 2 unofficial) for athletes ages 12-adults of any age to practice and compete in.
Who can join?
Any person who wishes to participate as an athlete in Special Olympics programs must have an intellectual disability. Intellectual disability is defined as “referring to sub-average intellectual functioning”, existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas:
Participants may also have other associated disabilities along with an intellectual disability. For more detailed information on “Intellectual Disability”, please refer to SONS’s Policy and Procedures.
Participants may enter Special Olympics programs at the age of 2, or when they are ambulatory. Active, physical participation while attending a SONS program is required for registration.
Athletes wishing to participate in swim programs must be able to swim a minimum of 25M (participation in all swim clubs is based upon assessment by the Head Coach). SONS recommends all people who cannot swim learn through their local recreation program.
Why become an athlete?
More than 45,000 children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability in Canada participate in at least two Special Olympics programs per year on average. The benefits include:
To begin training with Special Olympics, please complete these forms and send them along to the Regional Coordinator in your community: