Gymnastics strengthens ties with Special Olympics 

 



A renewed partnership between Gymnastics Australia and Special Olympics Australia was launched at the recent World Cup Gymnastics event at Hisense Arena, Melbourne.

Gymnastics Australia (GA) values and promotes participation by all individuals.  Our coaches see each athlete as an individual with value and diversity.  The new partnership will ensure consistent delivery of programs and support for Special Olympic athletes at the national, state and local gymnastics club level, throughout Australia. 

As part of the launch, an inclusive workshop for coaches was held along with display routines by Special Olympics athletes during the Premium session, promoting Gymnastics as an inclusive sport for all abilities.  

GA is also excited to have a new Special Olympics page on our website providing information for parents on how their child can get involved in gymnastics as well as links to videos for coaches and judges developed by Gymnastics Victoria.

"Special Olympics is thrilled to be working in partnership with Gymnastics Australia as it will provide more opportunities for young children with an intellectual disability (aged 2 to 7 years) to get involved in the Young Athlete program, and ultimately, for them to participate in the sport of gymnastics," said Amanda Beehag, General Manager for Sports Development at Special Olympics Australia . 

SOA workshops for coaches will be available for coaches at future State congress around Australia. 

To find out more information on how to get involved go to gymnastics.org.au/specialolympics.