Train & Compete

We offer year-round sport programs and competitive opportunities in many sports. Each program runs for a minimum of 12 weeks, at least once a week for a minimum of one hour.

Read about our programs and decide which sport or sports you want to be involved in. You can participate in as many as you wish.Check the Schedule for date, time and location of practices.

Contact the Head Coach for the sport(s) chosen to ask whether there are changes to the schedule or whether you need equipment to participate.

We provide most equipment but some people like to use their own baseball bat or helmet, or have a lucky hoop they want to bring with them.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to have prior sports experience to participate in Special Olympics?

Special Olympics provides year-round sport, recreation, and competition opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities. You do not have to have prior experience to participate in most sports and we encourage you to try whatever interests you.

Due to the format of some programs, the following sports do require some previous experience: Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating and Swimming. If you have any questions about the level of experience required please contact the Athlete Registrar.

What age does an athlete need to be to participate in Special Olympics?

Our FUNdamentals programs provide a general sports program for athletes 7-11 years of age.

Athletes 12 years and older are welcome to participate in the rest of our programs.

We also have athletes participating well into their 60's! If you would like more information about a specific sport please contact the Athlete Registrar.

When do I need to register?

We accept registration throughout the year. However, as there are limited spaces in some sports, we encourage athletes to register early for both Fall and Spring Sports. A general sports schedule is included in the registration package.

The following sports usually fill up very quickly: 5-pin Bowing, 10-pin Bowling and Golf. Priority will be given to athletes who only participate in one of these programs. Once a program is full, athletes will be put on a waitlist. The Athlete Registrar will let you know if you are on a waitlist.

Print and mail in a Registration Package for new athletes or returning athletes.

How do I register?

The first page of the registration package provides information on how you can register and what forms you need to submit.

How do I pay for my registration and sports?

We accept payment by cheque or cash. Cheques should be made payable to "Special Olympics BC - Victoria".

The Kidsport program provides financial assistance for families in financial need with athletes between the ages of 5-18.

Click here for an application form.

If you have any questions please contact Kidsport at 250-380-1518 or the Athlete Registrar.

Are there any changes in fees from last year (2013/2014)?

We have been able to keep all of the fees the same with two exceptions:

10-pin Bowling fees have increased from $70 to $100 due to a major facility rental increase for the bowling alley

Rhythmic Gymnastics fees have increased from $25 to $30 for the short program, and from $35 to $40 for the long program. The reason for the increase is to reflect the longer season which will run from October - April.

Do I have to pay for all of my sports now?

If needed, you may send the Base Registration Fee and Fall Sports Fees with your registration and defer payment for your spring sports until March. However, it is the responsibility of the athlete to make sure fees are submitted prior to starting your sport. Any payments that will be sent later should be noted as "owing" on the Registration & Sports Fees form.

**NOTE: no athlete is denied the ability to participate if the fees are unaffordable. If payment is a challenge please contact the Athlete Registrar to discuss payment options.

Are post-dated cheques acceptable?

Yes, you can send in post-dated cheques but is it your responsibility to keep track of the dates.

What do I do if my information changes during the year?

If any of your information changes during the year, it is very important to notify the Athlete Registrar. This includes changes to your address, your emergency contact information or any medications.

The Sports Schedule doesn't show the start date. How do I know when my sport will start?

The actual start dates for each sport will be confirmed in the fall and the spring. The information will be posted on the web site and your Head Coach will be in touch with you to let you know when the season starts.

Other Questions .....?

If you have any other questions please contact Jo Osborne, Athlete Registrar at or 250-385-4646.