Our mission is to bring the largest humanitarian event in the world, the Special Olympics World Games, to Perth in 2027.
During the World Games, the Special Olympics global movement for inclusion comes to life, using sport to create systemic change with revolutionary social and economic impact for people with an intellectual disability (ID).
There are more than 850,000 people in Australia with an ID, including 208,000 children, making it the leading disability type in the country and the world.
We are inspired to make Australia the most inclusive nation in the world. With sport as a great unifier, we will advocate for inclusion and improve health, education, economic and social outcomes for people with an ID.
No other sporting event in the world has the capacity to dramatically shift society like the Special Olympics World Games. We believe hosting the World Games will leave a lasting legacy for all Australians, both today and for generations to come.
Get on board and help Australia’s bid to host the Special Olympics World Games in Perth.
Jordan is an exceptional equestrian competitor who represented Australia at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi in 2019, winning two silver medals. Jordan was also awarded the Western Australian Disabled Sports Association Winner in 2019 and has won many football awards over the years.
Anna is an extraordinary swimmer and competitor. Anna’s sheer dedication and commitment to sport has seen her win a gold medal at the 2018 Special Olympics National Games in Adelaide, a bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, swim the 2021 Rottnest Channel Swim and win numerous other open water swimming and sports events.
Chris is a super-fast runner and natural soccer player. Chris has won a silver medal for Australia at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, the first WA Clubs Inspiration Award in 2016, two David Cantoni Disability in Football achievement medals in 2013 & 2015 and a multitude of other awards over his 10 year sporting career.
Perth has a wide range of World Class venues and facilities ready to host the World Games. Venues like Optus Stadium, HBF Park and HBF Stadium have all hosted major events and require no further investment to bring this event to life. Perth also boasts the most hours of sunshine of any Australian capital city, the iconic Swan River with its black swans and magnificent white sandy beaches, all of which present an endless array of opportunities for indoor and outdoor sports.
“There is nothing like bringing the world together through the voices of it’s most humble citizens.
There is nothing like the joy of sport to transform perceptions of fear and prejudice and discrimination.
There is nothing like the athlete who gives her or his all to the race, and regardless of all the odds perseveres in the face of everything to do his or her best and stand at the finish line and on the medal stand, preparing to be decorated with gold or silver or bronze or participation.
Brave regardless of outcome.”
Eunice Kennedy Shriver starts an innovative summer camp for young people with intellectual disabilities at her home in suburban Washington, D.C. The goal is to see if these young people—most of whom lived in institutions—could participate in sports and physical activities. This was a revolutionary idea at the time.
The first Special Olympics games were held on July 20, 1968, at Soldier Field in Chicago. About 1,000 athletes from the U.S. and Canada took part in the one-day event, which was a joint venture by the Kennedy Foundation and the Chicago Park District.
The U.S. Olympic Committee gives Special Olympics official approval as the only other organization authorized to use the name “Olympics” in the United States.
From the U.N. to the I.O.C., Special Olympics gains recognition as the premier sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities around the world.
The first International Games are held outside the USA, as Special Olympics gains a greater global foothold. New health programs mark a turning point as well.
Our fourth decade is all about growth—exponential growth around the world. Millions of athletes are taking part in thousands of competitions every year. The sun never sets on the Special Olympics movement!
As the movement continues to grow, the joy of Unified Sports is bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities on every continent. We invite the world to come play with us -- and experience the transformative power of sports!