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Healthy Athletes volunteers

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.

There are a few ways health care professionals volunteer for Special Olympics New Zealand.

The Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative offers basic health screenings and services to athletes. These services are delivered by qualified medical staff in a fun and welcoming way. This programme is offered at National Games and some regional events.

When a Special Olympics New Zealand team travels to a World Games, a medical doctor travels with the team. We are always interested in hearing from people who would be interested in having a month-long travel experience with our athletes.

People with intellectual disabilities have more healthcare needs than the general population. In addition, sometimes people with intellectual disabilities don’t realise when they are unwell and don’t take appropriate action or seek medical care. By screening athletes at events, we can help keep them healthy!

Through Healthy Athletes® screenings and services, athletes have improved health and fitness. Not only do they have a healthier life all round, but they are better able to compete in their sport. After all, it’s pretty hard to get the golf ball in the hole if you can’t see where you’re aiming and it’s really hard to run a full race if your shoes are the wrong size.

Learn more about the Healthy Athletes® programme and sign up for monthly newsletters.

Read press release announcing Lions Clubs International's historic expansion of partnership with Special Olympics - 8 July 2013


Since 1997, Special Olympics around the world has been offering free health screenings through the Healthy Athletes® programme. Active in more than 100 countries, the Healthy Athletes® programme has provided free health screenings to more than 700,000 athletes, making Special Olympics the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.

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