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Participating in local events is the first step in an athlete's competition pathway.

Ribbon Days

Ribbon Days are the most common kind of competition for athletes involved in Special Olympics New Zealand. They are called Ribbon Days because athletes are awarded ribbons for first to eighth place. They usually take place on one single day. Competitions at Ribbon Days follow the technical rules outlined by Special Olympics. You can find these rules on the section about Our Sports.  

Have-a-go Days

Have-a-go Days give athletes a chance try out a sport and see if they like it before signing up. Have-a-go Days are just for fun.  

Challenge Days

Challenge Days are fun events that usually occur when one Club challenges another Club to a duel on a particular day and in a particular sport. At a bowling challenge day, for example, the Club who drops the most pins wins the day!


Do you have a question about events?

Contact your local Club, Regional Sports Coordinator

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