Welcome to

Special Olympics Otago

Let Me Win. But If I cannont win then let me be brave in the attempt

Welcome to Special Olympics Otago

Special Olympics Otago offers year round training and competition for a variety of sports to people with an intellectual disability. We give people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to discover their potential. We also encourage our athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

Special Olympics New Zealand was founded in 1983. Today more than 5,500 athletes participate in 14 Olympic-type sports provided by 43 Clubs throughout the country. If you would like more information on these clubs check out- Special Olympics New Zealand

At Special Olympics Otago we provide sport training opportunities on a weekly basis to more than 120 athletes in basketball, indoor bowls, golf, tenpin bowling, swimming, powerlifting, snowsports (alpine skiing and snowboarding), indoor rowing and football.

If you would like to join a sport click the button below for more information.




Powerlifting training offers squat, bench press and deadlift…


Swimming is one of the most popular sports…

Indoor Bowls

Indoor Bowls is undertaken between March & October each year…

Indoor Rowing

Every Monday during the university year…


The golf coaching program is run from late October to mid December..


The basketball program runs from April until September each year…

Tenpin Bowling

Tenpin Bowling is held at Bowl line Dunedin on a Thursday at 7pm… 


Snowsports is held during the winter and is made up of 2 weekends and 1 week…


Football training is held on a Tuesday at Chingford Park in North East Valley at 4:30pm…


We have a number of events throughout the year. If you would like to come along and join in click the button below

Athlete Leadership Programme

Athlete Leaders speak in their community and around New Zealand at seminars and conferences. They address functions and community groups about intellectual disability, Special Olympics and their experiences.



Volunteer Roles 

We are always looking for new volunteers from helping out at events or trainings  to coaching our athletes. 

Click the button below to find out what roles are available right now!!