Become an Athlete

Become an Athlete - Special Olympics NSSpecial Olympics Nova Scotia focuses their athlete recruitment around our annual Registration Day. This day is hosted on the last Wednesday of September each year. Our sports are hosted in what we call “Regions” across the province (15 in total). In each community you will find a registration day event designed to answer any questions you may have regarding getting involved.

Locations and times can be found on our website (beginning in late august) as well as on CTV beginning the first week of September.

However, Special Olympics welcomes athletes year round.

If you happen to miss our registration day event in your community, you can simply contact us and we will work to assist you and your potential athlete on the steps to get active.

Thanks to new funding from our Federal Government, we are making strides at introducing two new programs designed at enrolling more youth in our programs. For children aged 4-6 we have a new program called Active Start. For children aged 7-12 we have FUNdamentals, and for those aged 12+, we have our regular programs.

For children aged 2-6 we have Active Start


Active Start: Ages 2–6

For children aged 7-12 we have FUNdamentals


FUNdamentals: Ages 7-12


Athlete Eligibility

Who Can Join?

Special Olympics Nova Scotia offers 14 sports (twelve (12) official, and two (2) unofficial for athletes to practice and compete in; many of them lifetime sports that allow athletes to participate at any age. Participants are eligible to join our Youth Programs in selected areas across the province from age 4-12 and regular sport programs from aged 12 onward. The average age span of our athletes is broad and can range from 4-84.

What is the Criteria?

To be eligible Any person who wishes to participate in Special Olympics programs must have an intellectual disability.
intellectual disability is defined as “referring to sub-average intellectual functioning”, existing concurrently with related limitations in two or more of the following applicable adaptive skill areas:

  • Communication
  • Self-care
  • Home living
  • Social skills
  • Community use
  • Self-direction
  • Health & safety
  • Functional academics
  • Leisure
  • Work

Participants may also have other associated disabilities along with an intellectual disability.

Participants may enter our Special Olympics programs at the age of 2 years, or when they are ambulatory.

Active, physical participation while attending a Special Olympics Nova Scotia program is a requisite for registration.

Swim program eligibility

Athletes wishing to participate in swim programs must be able to swim a minimum of 25M (participation in all swim clubs is based upon assessment by the Head Coach). Special Olympics Nova Scotia recommends all individuals who cannot swim learn through their local recreation program.

For more detailed information on “Intellectual Disability”, please refer to our Policy and Procedures.

How do I register to become an athlete?

It’s easy! For more information please visit the regional link that corresponds to where you live. You should then contact the respective community committee member or the provincial office of Special Olympics for more information.

Every athlete is requested to complete the following upon registration:

Once these forms have been completed, please forward them to the Regional Coordinator or Registrar in your area. He or she will then forward your information directly to the Provincial Office or contact us for more info.

Programs