Competition Pathway

Types of Events

There are four main levels of events within Special Olympics; local, regional, national and international.  By participating in a competition at one level, athletes/unified partners earn the right to be considered for advancement to higher levels of competition within Special Olympics.

Come & Try Event

  • Non-competitive event with the aim of increasing membership numbers or to spread awareness

Training Event

  • Non-competitive event to enhance specific areas of an athlete/unified partners sporting ability

Informal Competition

  • Provides an introduction to competition for athletes/unified partners from the host club and are against another Special Olympics GB branch/associate

Local Competition/Games

  • Primarily provides competition for athletes/unified partners from the host club
  • Participation makes athletes/unified partners eligible to advance to the Special Olympics GB regional level of competition in that sport

Regional Competition/Games

  • Primarily provides competition for athletes/unified partners from that Special Olympics GB region
  • Participation makes athletes/unified partners eligible to advance to the Special Olympics GB national level of competition in that sport

Super Regional Competition/Games

  • Competitions are organised by a Special Olympics GB ‘area’ North, Midlands and South for the athletes in that area
  • Can currently only be staged in the following target sports; athletics, aquatics, artistic gymnastics, bowls, football (7-a-side)
  • Participation makes athletes/unified partners eligible to advance to the Special Olympics GB national level of competition in that sport

Partnership competition

  • Competitions can be run in partnership with other organisations as Special Olympics GB recognises that this can save on resources, promote inclusion, raise awareness of athletes with an intellectual disability and increase the number of competition opportunities for its membership.

To read the full specification of each event please click here!
To see the Special Olympics Competition Pathway please click here!