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Who we are

Who we are

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


More than 7000 athletes throughout New Zealand participate in the 13 different Olympic-type summer and winter sports offered by Special Olympics New Zealand.  These athletes are supported by over 2500 volunteers and an impressive list of partners.

While sport is the basis of the organisation, the benefits of participating in Special Olympics are much greater than physical fitness. Special Olympics changes lives. Through participating in sport, athletes with intellectual disabilities make friends; they gain confidence; they get to be part of a team. As athletes develop physically and emotionally, they learn that they can achieve not only on the sports field, but in the community.

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Read our AGM Report for 2015

  • Fanletter is the monthly electronic newsletter published by Special Olympics New Zealand.
  • This is where media can find information about Special Olympics New Zealand and events.
  • Follow the news of Special Olympics New Zealand athletes, volunteers and supporters here.
  • Staff throughout New Zealand help deliver programmes to Special Olympics athletes.
  • The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the organisation.
  • Special Olympics New Zealand is one of more than 170 Special Olympics programmes around the world.
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