This event is Special Olympics' largest national event in New Zealand. The multiple day event, involves Special Olympics athletes across the country in a variety of summer sports.
More than 3000 athletes, coaches and supporters will descend on Hamilton when the city hosts the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2021.
Special Olympics is a global organisation giving children and adults with intellectual disabilities opportunities to train and compete in a range of sports, and strive to represent their regions at national events and their country at international games.
The four-yearly Special Olympics National Summer Games will see more than 1300 athletes compete in 11 sports across nine venues. Porritt Stadium and its surrounding park will host athletics and football, swimming competitions will be held at Waterworld, The Peak will be the venue for basketball, and equestrian competitions will be at Waikato Equestrian Centre at Pukete Farm Park.
It’s the first time the event has been held in Hamilton since 1993.