Special Olympics

Providing skiing opportunities for recognised learning difficulties and provide a competition pathway

What is Special Olympics?

The Special Olympics movement was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who believed that the Olympic ideals of sport could give confidence and new hope to people with learning disabilities as well as to those who cared for them. Special Olympics now reaches over 2.25 million athletes in 160 countries worldwide.
Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all our athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability.
Through the Special Olympics movement Scottish coaches, volunteers, families and athletes with a learning disability have travelled to GB, European Games and World Games.
Summer and winter sports, demonstration and official sports are included within the games programme. Special Olympics seeks to provide the highest possible quality of coaching and competition for its athletes. Athletes are able to choose which sports they would like to participate in from a range of more than 20 Summer and Winter Sports.


What is SOGA Ski Group?

Special Olympics Grampian Area (SOGA) Ski Group are a group of eligible athletes that train at Aberdeen Snowsports on a Wednesday evening. Beginners through to advanced athletes are welcome. All sessions are lead by qualified instructors. There are opportunities to participate in Regional Championships and British National Championships for Special Olympics.


Who is eligible to participate in Special Olympics?

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, you must be:
At least 6 years old (8 years old for competition)
Identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: an intellectual (learning) disability, cognitive delay/s as measured by formal education assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specially designed instruction. All these conditions would mean that the person has an IQ of below 75.
Persons whose functional limitations are based solely on a physical, behavioural or emotional disability, or a specific learning or sensory disability, are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes, but may be eligible to volunteer for Special Olympics as partners in Unified Sports® if they otherwise meet the separate eligibility requirements for participation in Unified Sports set forth in the Sports Rules.#



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