Become an athlete

Why become a Special Olympics Ottawa athlete

Everyone’s reasons for becoming a Special Olympics Ottawa (SOO) athlete are a little different. No matter your reason, getting involved with SOO means joining a supportive, inclusive and positive environment. Whether you dream of participating in international sport competitions, meeting new people, getting stronger, developing your social skills or simply having fun...we are the place for you. 

We offer a wide variety of sports and a wide range of levels. Our athletes have competed at the local, provincial, national and international level and, most importantly, they have grown, improved and developed within our programs.

Athlete swimming
3 female athletes running on a track


Individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability are eligible to take part in Special Olympics Ottawa’s programs. Check out Special Olympics Ontario’s athlete eligibility guidelines for more information regarding eligibility.