Special Olympics Canterbury is a Club that provides sports training and competition for people of all ages with an intellectual disability. There are three swim groups to cater to our members in different areas of Christchurch. The Wharenui Group trains on a Thursday night, but if there is keen interest from new volunteers, the training night may change. Training time is from 7 pm - 8 pm.
The Club and this group of swimmers are gearing up for the Special Olympics New Zealand Summer National Games, which are being held in Christchurch in December 2025.
There are three coaches (family) coaching, but after 10 years of service to Special Olympics Canterbury, they are ready to hand over the role. Now is the right time to get involved and experience the joy of being part of a Special Olympics Team. I envisage more than one coach for this role.
Experience would be advantageous, but keenness to work with a great group of athletes is also necessary. The swimmers in this group have different swimming abilities, as the Special Olympics Swimming competitions cater to all levels. 2024 would be the buildup and qualifying year for the 2025 Special Olympics National Games.
At present, on Thursday night, training starts at 7 pm for an hour. As written earlier, this time slot may be changed to another time and day to accommodate the right people if the Pool has lane space. Some weekend competition, but this is not essential. Other volunteers can help with competitions.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
Applicants for this role are required to undergo Police vetting.
You can find out more about this process on the Police website:
Protection of our athletes due to their vulnerability.