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

More than 5,000 athletes throughout New Zealand participate in the 13 different Olympic-type summer and winter sports offered by Special Olympics New Zealand.  

Athletes are supported by over 1,500 volunteers and partners.

While sport is the basis of the organisation, the benefits of participating in Special Olympics are much greater than physical fitness.

SONZ changes lives. Through participating in sport, athletes with intellectual disabilities make friends, gain confidence and 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 their wider community.

Find out more:

SONZ athletes​

SONZ Board of Trustees

SONZ staff

Purpose, Vision and History


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