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Special Olympics Victoria

Special Olympics Victoria is a state branch of Special Olympics Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which transforms the lives of people with an intellectual disability hrough year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of team and individual sports. All people with an intellectual disability are welcome to participate. It doesn't matter whether they want to have fun in their local community or aspire to compete in international competition. All needs are catered for. Through quality sports program, athletes train and compete with people of similar ability and are supported by accredited coaches familiar with their needs.On a national level fourteen official sports are offered: alpine skiing, aquatics, athletics,basketball, bocce, cricket, figure skating, soccer, golf, gymnastics, sailing, softball, tennis and tenpin bowling. These sports are delivered by volunteers in over 250 clubs across Australia, although the sports offered at a local level are dependent on the availability of local volunteers and venues, and the interests of athletes.In some areas, dance is offered as an unofficial sport because that is what people with an intellectual disability in the local community enjoy and they have the volunteers to implement the program. All coaches, across all sports, are accredited by a mainstream sports organisation which enables provision of the same quality sports opportunities to disabled athletes as is offered in mainstream sports clubs.