- physical fitness and conditioning;
- improved balance, co-ordination and body control;
- increase in sport skills and competitive skills;
- increase in self confidence and social skills.
The benefits of athlete participation are:
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, children, youth and adults must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. A person is eligible to participate in Special Olympics if they have been identified by an agency or professional as having intellectual disabilities as determined by their localities.
The minimum age requirement for participation in Special Olympics competition is eight years of age.
We also launched Active Start and FUNdamentals nationwide, two innovative sports play program for children with intellectual disabilities between the ages of two to 12, which introduces them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age eight. These programs engage young athletes through a variety of developmentally appropriate play activities that are designed to foster physical, cognitive and social development.
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The primary focus of Special Olympics Canada is to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability through their involvement in sport.
Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. — Special Olympics athlete oath.
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