Key elementsThe Government will provide Special Olympics Australia with $1.2 million over 4 years enabling the organisation to increase its support to people with intellectual disability to participate in sporting training and competition.
This funding will assist Special Olympics Australia to help more people with intellectual disability participate in the community.
The Special Olympics Australia provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disability to help them get fit, develop skills, make friends and be part of the community. The Special Olympics caters for people who just want to participate up to elite athletes who want to compete in international competitions.
Currently, Special Olympics Australia delivers their program to 4,500 athletes in 45 regions across Australia to participate in 12 official sports and relies almost entirely on volunteers. The aim is to reach out to more of the 175,000 Australians with an intellectual disability.
Special Olympics Australia received $100,000 in funding through the Australian Sports Commission in 2007-08. This proposal will provide ongoing funding to Special Olympics Australia of $300,000 a year. This funding will assist Special Olympics Australia to progress their work and to reach more people with intellectual disability. It will contribute to enabling people with intellectual disability to participate as valuable members of the community.
The funding will contribute to reducing waiting lists and provide support for athletes and volunteers in each state and territory. By doing this the health, fitness and social skills of a very marginalised community, those with intellectual disability, will be increased and will enable them to participate as valuable members of the community.