Who Can Join?
Special Olympics Nova Scotia offers 14 sports (twelve (12) official, and two (2) unofficial for athletes to practice and compete in; many of them lifetime sports that allow athletes to participate at any age. Participants are eligible to join our Youth Programs in selected areas across the province from age 4-12 and regular sport programs from aged 12 onward. The average age span of our athletes is broad and can range from 4-84.
What is the Criteria?
To be eligible Any person who wishes to participate in Special Olympics programs must have an intellectual disability.
- intellectual disability is defined as "referring to sub-average intellectual functioning", existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas:
o Home living
o Social skills
o Community use
o Health & safety
o Functional academics
- Participants may also have other associated disabilities along with an intellectual disability.
- Participants may enter our Special Olympics programs at the age of 2 years, or when they are ambulatory.
- Active, physical participation while attending a Special Olympics Nova Scotia program is a requisite for registration.
NOTE: Swim program eligibility
Athletes wishing to participate in swim programs must be able to swim a minimum of 25M (participation in all swim clubs is based upon assessment by the Head Coach). Special Olympics Nova Scotia recommends all individuals who cannot swim learn through their local recreation program.
For more detailed information on "Intellectual Disability", please refer to our Policy and Procedures.
How do I register to become an athlete?
It's easy! For more information please visit the regional link that corresponds to where you live. You should then contact the respective community committee member or the provincial office of Special Olympics for more information.
Every athlete is requested to complete the following upon registration:
• Athlete Registration Form
• Athlete Release Form
• Athlete Consent Form
These forms may be obtained directly off the bottom of this page or by contacting a Regional Coordinator in your area. Once these forms have been completed, please forward them to the Regional Coordinator or Registrar in your area. He or she will then forward your information directly to the Provincial Office.