What We Do

What we do

Special Olympics changes lives.

​Special Olympics New Zealand is first and foremost a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but it provides athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport.

​It’s about fun, friendships and team spirit; it’s about a feeling of belonging, and ultimately improving quality of life. Special Olympics changes lives in so many different ways.

​Through sport, athletes develop both physically and emotionally, they make new friends, realize their dreams, and feel a sense of belonging.

​Special Olympics enables them to achieve and win not only in sport but in life too.