Special Olympics New Brunswick is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.



Special Olympics delivers world-class sport programs to people with an intellectual disability. Our programs cater to all ages and a wide range of abilities.

Active Start and Fundamentals 
Developmental programs for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years. These programs provide youth with opportunities to engage in active play and develop fundamental motor skills.

Vibrant Community Programs
Daily programs for all skill levels, and all ages, geared to those who want to be active for life.

Achieving Sport Excellence
Competitive opportunities, ranging from local/regional meets to provincial/territorial games, to national and world games. Special Olympics Canada’s team training program is a model for programs across North America.


Special Olympics New Brunswick part of one of the world’s most powerful and effective movements, one that forever changes the way people with an intellectual disability are percieved and treated. Through transformative power and joy of sport, Special Olympics reveals the champion in all of us. 


We contribute to the social change

We instill confidence, self-esteem & further life skills through real sport experience.

We foster healthier athletes by developing life-long physical fitness habits. We decrease the risk of obesity and other chronic diseases.

We change attitudes and create a more inclusive society. We believe that people with an intellectual disability can, and will, succeed when given the opportunity. We are levelling the playing field.

We strengthen communities by bringing people together, promoting volunteerism, and civic engagement.


More Questions?


What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability.

How is it different from the Paralympics?

Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate and distinct organizations. Special Olympics is unique in providing sports opportunities for individuals with different levels of intellectual disabilities. Paralympics provides sports opportunities for elite athletes with a physical handicap.

Who can participate?

Special Olympics is open to every intellectually disabled person, regardless of the level or degree of that person's disability, and whether or not that person also has other physical disabilities.

What impact does Special Olympics have on athletes?

Children and adults with an intellectual disability who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They improve physically, mentally and socially. Overall, participants make new friends and discover new abilities and skills that will serve them well in day-to-day life.

What ages are eligible?

Almost every age is eligible for Special Olympics programming in New Brunswick from two to 90. Special Olympics NB also has a youth program for children aged two to 12, which focuses on structured play and introduction to games, teams, competitions and socialization. To learn more about our Youth Development Program, please visit our Youth Development Program link under “Programs” on the main page.  

What sports are offered in New Brunswick?

There is a range of sports offered throughout New Brunswick. The choices vary from region to region. The full list of official sports includes: Aquatics, Athletics, Bocce, Bowling (5 & 10 Pin), Curling, Cross Country Ski, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Golf, Power Lifting, Soccer, Snowshoeing, Softball, Speed Skating, Golf, Basketball and a Youth Development Program. Please contact us to find out which sports are available in your community.

How do I register someone to participate?

Contact a staff person with Special Olympics New Brunswick or visit the "Get Involved" tab at the top of our website for specific sport and coach information in your area.