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Special Olympics Motueka

Special Olympics offers sports training and competition opportunities to people with an intellectual disability.

Participants benefit mentally, physically and socially through their involvement in sport, and the wider community benefits through developing a greater understanding of people with an intellectual disability in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

Special Olympics Motueka Club offers Indoor Bowls, Equestrian, Bocce, Ten-Pin Bowling and Swimming coaching.

We welcome any person with an intellectual disability to come along and try out any of the sports we offer, and benefit by becoming a member of our Club. We have an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers who facilitate our coaching, training and competition pathway for our athletes.

A registered Special Olympics athlete is eligible for competition once a coaching and training schedule has been developed. The emphasis is participation of individuals at all levels of ability, achieving personal best performances, and participating in regular coaching, training and competition throughout the year.

The organisation offers people with an intellectual disability, a chance to compete, to grow, to learn and to inspire.

Special Olympics Motueka comes under the umbrella of Special Olympics New Zealand which in turn is affiliated to Special Olympics International. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.7 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs.

Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on:

  • the goodwill of the community,
  • the many volunteers that give their time and energy,
  • funding and fundraising ventures (we are not government funded),
  • training and up-skilling of volunteers in the various areas of administration and coaching.

For more information you can visit the Special Olympics NZ website:

Whether you are looking for inspiration, or want to inspire others, Special Olympics can touch your life. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in becoming involved or know anyone who may be interested in joining our Club.

Volunteers needed
Special Olympics Motueka need new volunteers to carry on the good work. In particular we are looking for a Secretary. If you think you could help, or know someone who would like to volunteer, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

The local Motueka contact is Sue Cleaver:, ph 03 543 2125.