Be An Athlete
“Special Olympics has given me the opportunity to gain confidence in achieving my sport goals and a chance to play with and against athletes with similar abilities to mine.”
Special Olympics Yukon athlete Gaetan “Gaets” Michaud
Since the start of Special Olympics Yukon, promoting an active involvement with sport has been our primary concern. As an athlete, you will be able to take part in our many programs designed to enrich the lives of those involved. Along with this, there are several initiatives provided to ensure that both your health and wellbeing are considered.
There are currently more than 90 children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability in Yukon who participate, on average, in at least two Special Olympics programs per year. The benefits individuals receive from these integrated training and competitive opportunities programs are widely known and include:
- physical fitness and conditioning;
- improved balance, co-ordination and body control;
- increase in sport skills and competitive skills;
- increase in self-confidence and social skills.
Download - ATHLETE REGISTRATION PACKAGE
We offer 4 programs streams to Yukoners with an intellectual disability:
Youth Development Programs:
- Active Start (2-7 years of age), a dynamic program that uses sport through play to physically engage younger children with intellectual disabilities. This program aims to involve the whole family in the world of sport and physical activity and is a great stepping stone into the Special Olympics Yukon Community.
- FUNdamentals (8-12 years of age), is the continuation of the Active Start program. In this new program, children participate in activities that introduce the fundamentals of basic motor skills with elements of training for sports and competition. The program also teaches nutrition, physical fitness and the important role that the family plays in the development of a healthy athlete.
- School Based Program (school aged) Essentially the goal of these programs is to introduce school aged Yukoners with an intellectual disability to sport. We have programs in 10 schools that participate from September to June. For more information on these programs, please contact your child’s school to see if they participate in the Special Olympics Yukon school based program.
- Community Based Program (13 years and up) are run by volunteer coaches. Athletes in these programs train during the evening and weekends and have the opportunity to compete at Regional, Provincial/Territorial, National and/or World Games.
- Sports Currently offered in the Community Based Program:
- Summer: Athletics, Bocce, 5 Pin Bowling, Golf, Rhythmic Gymnastics, 7-a-side Soccer and Swimming
- Winter: Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating and Floor Hockey
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age can individuals with an intellectual disability register for Special Olympics programs?
- Individuals as young as two can register in Active Start. This program, targeting four to six year olds, is 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.
How do I become a Special Olympics Athlete?
Is Special Olympics for everyone?
- To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, children, youth and adults must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills.
Does Special Olympics Yukon conduct assessments to determine eligibility for Special Olympics programs?
- Special Olympics Yukon is flexible in determining the eligibility of participants because of the variety of situations and needs that exist. Overall, inclusion is preferred to exclusion when eligibility is in question.
- In order to be eligible for participation in Special Olympics, an individual with an intellectual disability must agree to observe and abide by the sport rules of Special Olympics Canada. Click here for complete details.
Be a Volunteer
CAUTION! Becoming a Special Olympics Yukon volunteer will provide positive change to your life!
Special Olympics Yukon has a multitude of volunteer opportunities for those that would like to make a difference in the lives of Yukon athletes with an intellectual disability.
Volunteer - Sport Programs
“Our coaches are really dedicated to helping me and my teammates become more confident in our sport skills.”
Special Olympics Yukon athlete - Mallory Pigage
For anyone (18 years old and up) interested in volunteering their time towards helping Yukon athletes with an intellectual disability in their sport pursuits, we offer the following opportunities:
Download - SPORT VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PACKAGE AND POLICY ACKNOWLEGEMENTS
Youth Program Leader
- Active Start (4-7 years old)
- FUNdamentals (8-12 years old)
(Registered athletes in the below mentioned programs are 13 years old and up):
- Athletics (October to April, May to August)
- 5 Pin Bowling (October to April)
- Bocce (May to August)
- Cross-Country Skiing (November to March)
- Curling (October to March)
- Figure Skating (October to April)
- Floor Hockey (October to April)
- Golf (May to August)
- Rhythmic Gymnastics (October to April)
- Soccer (October to April, May to August)
- Swimming (October to April)
Volunteer - non-sport
“I started volunteering as a one-time deal to help out. I kept volunteering because it was fun and good to give back to my community, and 15 years later, I still volunteer because I know that Special Olympics provides its athletes with some of the most fundamental human needs; to belong, to feel a part of the community, to achieve personal goals and to experience joy all while being as physically active as possible.”
2012/13 Lynne Smith Event Volunteer of the Year - Natasha Phillips
Being a sport volunteer isn’t really your cup of tea, but would like to help out Special Olympics Yukon in other ways? We have a number of non-sport volunteer opportunities. Galas, Golf Tournaments, Board of Directors, Multi Sport Games support, athlete initiatives, volunteer committees…the list goes on…
Download - NON-SPORT VOLUNTEER PACKAGE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT US:
Is there an opportunity that caught your attention? Contact Joelle at 867-668-6511 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be more than happy to help you!