Special Olympics FAQ'S
Special Olympics welcomes participants of all ages, including children over six years of age, youth and adults. Many athletes are involved in Special Olympics programs throughout their lives.

When do Special Olympics take place?

Special Olympics sports programs are offered year-round in communities right here in Regina. Special Olympics Games take place on a four-year competition cycle for summer and winter sports.

Are Special Olympics Games for individuals with physical disabilities?

No. Special Olympics is for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The Paralympics involve athletes with physical disabilities. (There are Special Olympics athletes who are able to compete in the Paralympics, but the Paralympics and Special Olympics are distinct.)

If there are athletes in the programs who have an IQ above 70 what should a coach/staff do?

The athletes can continue to participate as long as there is evidence their general mental abilities limit and restrict participation and performance in one or more aspects of daily life such as communication, social participation, functioning at school or work, or personal independence.

Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics Games?

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics competitions, athletes must be at least eight years old and identified as having an intellectual disability. SOC has an inclusive approach that does not ask for medical documentation for participation in programs. Athletes must be at least 12 years old to compete in Provincial Games, and at least 14 years old to compete in National Games.

How prevalent are intellectual disabilities?

Intellectual disabilities knows no boundaries. They cut across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds and can occur in any family. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 170 million people or three percent of the world’s population, have intellectual disabilities – the largest disability population in the world.

Is Special Olympics just for young people?

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