Special Olympics

Special Olympics – Launceston 2021

The Special Olympics Australian Junior National Games have been rescheduled and Rainbow Club is swinging back into action. Team preparations are resuming and Serina Karadonovski will continue in her role as Head of Delegation.

If you would like to express your interest in being part of this team – either as an athlete or a volunteer – CLICK HERE

From 24-28 October 2021, young athletes ages 8 to 17 years old with an intellectual disability will come together in Launceston, Tasmania to compete across five sports at the fifth Special Olympics Australia Junior National Games.

Rainbow Club is delighted to accept the invitation to send a team to compete in the swimming and to take the opportunity to participate in other sports.

The Games provides children with intellectual disabilities activities and sports which meet their individual skill and ability levels, while allowing them to play together in a fun and inclusive environment. The Games shows that all children should be valued for their talents and abilities with children of all abilities taking part and benefitting.

2021 Special Olympics
Australian Junior National Games

Dates: 24-28 October 2021
Launceston, Tasmania


Eligibility criteria at a glance:

  • Be a current or recent member of a Rainbow Club
  • Have a diagnosed intellectual disability (this can include Autism)
  • Aged between 8 and 17 years old as at the first day of competition (26th October 2021)
  • Be available to travel from 24th to 28th October 2021
  • Be able to attend an overnight training camp (Date TBA, likely March or April 2021)
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Travel and stay with the team for the duration of the games, including flights to and from Launceston
  • Be a competent swimmer
  • Be prepared to promote a fundraising page

2021 Special Olympics
Australian Junior National Games

Launceston, Tasmania will be the host city for the 2020 Special Olympics Australian Junior National Games. There will be an Opening Ceremony on 24 October 2021 with competition running until the Closing Ceremony on 28 October 2021.

The Junior National Games and National Games are important pathways for Special Olympics athletes. They help athletes set goals and then work towards those goals, sometimes for many years. This aspiration is important in helping people with a disability stay active and involved in sport.

The event is expected to attract more than 1,800 Special Olympics athletes (along with families and volunteers) to Launceston for their chance to participate in the competition.

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