Athlete Membership

Athlete's Oath:

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Central Ontario Athletes

Why Get Involved?

Training and competition in sport while having fun, developing skills and building self-esteem, is the life of a Special Olympics Ontario athlete. With 14 sports to choose from, Special Olympics Ontario has something for every person with an intellectual disability.

With the opportunities to excel and have fun come the benefits of improved health and self-image. For many athletes, participating in Special Olympics Ontario is a path to healthy living, empowerment, acceptance and friendship. SOO is dedicated to increasing physical fitness, confidence and other sport and life skills of our athletes; all in a positive and supportive environment.


Persons with an intellectual disability are eligible to participate in Special Olympics.

All individuals eight years of age or older, who have an intellectual disability have access to SOO sport programs. Individuals who have multiple disabilities are also eligible to participate so long as one of the disabilities is an intellectual disability.

Individuals under the age of eight may be able to participate in our Active Start and FUNdamental multisport programs based on availability. These programs are the first stage in the eight-stage Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model that looks to develop the physical literacy of each individual with an intellectual disability. This model acts as a framework for those who choose to stay “active for life” in community or recreational programs, or those who look to reach the podium in competitive training programs.

Athlete Membership form

Athlete's Rights and Responsibilities

Athlete Empowerment and Leadership