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Welcome to Launceston – your home away from home for the Special Olympics Australia National Games in October 2022.

All Event : Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling (Tenpin), Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis (Demonstration sport), and Tennis

🔴▶Australia National Games Launceston 2022 LIVE FREE

A place to connect with a community of locals, we are quietly proud of our idyllic city and region and ready to warmly welcome you all.

With the Games taking place in various unique venues across the region, there will be no shortage of opportunities to explore Northern Tasmania.

The city has an abundance of natural wonders to discover, while our position in the heart of Tasmania provides you with the perfect base for your Tasmanian adventure.

Special Olympics Australia is part of a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Our volunteers create accessible sports training, coaching and competition opportunities which are offered week-in and week-out in local communities throughout Australia.

Despite what many people think, we’re not the Paralympics. The Paralympics is for elite athletes, mainly with physical disability. Special Olympics is for people with intellectual disability.

At Special Olympics Australia everyone with an intellectual disability is welcome. Some participants join to have fun, make friends and enjoy the warmth of a welcoming community, while others are focussed on winning and receiving medals.

We’re not just a major sports event. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training in multiple sports as well as competition at local, state, national and international level. The pinnacle of our competition ladder is the World Games which is hosted on a four-year cycle in summer and winter sports. We also provide health and leadership programs.

850,000 Australians people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. They are the largest disability population in the country and the world, and in Australia another child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours.

People with intellectual disability can learn new skills and can accomplish goals. They just learn differently, or need more time or support to succeed.

Our focus is to make ability visible. Unlike physical disability, intellectual disability is sometimes invisible.

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