Why become an athlete?

There are more than 1200 children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability in Saskatchewan that participate in Special Olympics programs. The benefits of these programs include:

  • physical fitness and conditioning
  • improved balance, coordination and body control
  • increase in sport skills and competitive skills
  • increase in self-confidence and social skills

Special Olympics Saskatchewan offers programs to individuals of all ages. Children as young as two years of age can register in Special Olympics Canada's Active Start and FUNdamentals program. These programs are the first stage in the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model that looks to develop the physical education of individuals with an intellectual disability. This model allows people to stay “active for life” in community based programs, and/or work to reach the podium in competitive training programs if they choose. For more information, please visit our Programs section.

To become a Special Olympics Saskatchewan athlete, please visit How do I Register?.