Special Olympics is a family affair for the Johnson-Vickers. Since Kieran joined the local Special Olympics swimming program over 8 years ago the family have regularly come together to cheer him on in competition. For the family, there have been many highlights of being involved in Special Olympics. Kieran’s mum Cheryl has been able to connect with other parents who have a child with an intellectual disability and the entire family are very proud that through sport, Kieran has been able to develop new skills and a sense of self-confidence. “Special Olympics has provided our family with the chance to come together and watch Kieran achieve things that many probably thought were impossible!”

Since Special Olympics Australia began, our mission has been to provide regular year-round sports training and competition for all Australian children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, make friends, take pride in themselves and build self-confidence.

With an Australian child diagnosed with an intellectual disability every two hours we have never been a ‘nice-to-have’ charity, we are essential. Special Olympics Australia is the leader in promoting sport as a means of social inclusion for people with an intellectual disability, yet we are not widely recognised or financed as such. Your support will help more than 6,000 athletes and 16,000 volunteers and families continue to achieve their personal best.

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