Our History

Special Olympics began in 1968 with the First International Special Olympics Games at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was founded by Mrs Eunice Kennedy Shriver who saw that people with intellectual disabilities were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts thought. Since then, millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities have benefited from the Movement.

Special Olympics Singapore

Special Olympics (SO) Singapore was set up in April 1983 as an adjunct committee of the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) and the Association for Educationally Sub-Normal Children now known as Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN). Subsequently it was officially registered as an independent voluntary welfare organisation with the Registrar of Societies on 15 January 1991 and as a charity with the Commissioner of Charities on 22 February 1994. SO Singapore is affiliated to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC). SO Singapore is recognised by Sport Singapore, formerly know as Singapore Sports Council, as a National Sports Association (NSA). SO Singapore is also a certified Institute of Public Character (IPC) organisation.


To promote and provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Enhancing the potential of athletes with intellectual disability and celebrating the human spirit common to all.


Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. Special Olympics also believes that through millions of individual acts of inclusion where people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together, long-standing myths are dispelled, negative attitudes changed and new opportunities to embrace and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities are created.


To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics Singapore programmes, athletes must be at least 8 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability; cognitive delays measured by formal assessment such as intelligence quotient or "IQ" testing; or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that have required specially designed instruction.

A Young Athletes programme is available for athletes aged 8 and below.

Our Members


Patron-in-Chief :
Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam
President of the Republic of Singapore

Executive Committee 2015 - 2017

President :
Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang, PhD, PBM, BBM
Vice President :
Capt Roger Loh Chin Chan
Hon Secretary :
Mrs Linda Prebhash
Hon Treasurer :
Mr Christianto
Member :
Dr Kelvin Chew
Member :
Capt Sylvester Heng
Member :
Ms Suriani Soo
Member :
Ms Josephine Chia
MINDS Representative :
Mrs Mimi Tan
APSN Representative :
Ms Karen Tan
APSN Representative :
Mr Tan Cheen Chong


General Manager :
Mr John De Roza
Sports Development & Partnership Engagement Officer :
Ms Maria Heng
Sports Development Officer :
Ms Tiffany Lim
Admin and Sports Development Officer :
Mr Lim Seng Poh
Sports Development Officer :
Mr Toh Jun Hong
Admin & Finance Executive :
Ms Judy Chee

Career Opportunities


As a Sports Development Officer, you will maintain and foster existing relationships with other organizations, organize workshops/training/competition, support coaching and growth of the sports programmes under your purview.   

Your key responsibilities include:   
  • Assisting the Senior Sports Development Officer in the planning & implementation of sports training programmes and competitions for persons with intellectual disabilities   
  • Conducting coaching clinics and training workshops for Special Educators and volunteers   
  • Initiating and developing new sports offered by Special Olympics Singapore and arrange for their accompaniment training   
  • Recruiting volunteers with the appropriate sporting skills, train and coordinate their voluntary service   
  • Updating athletes and volunteers database   
  • Preparing bi-monthly sports report   
  • Assisting and overseeing sports equipment inventory and maintenance   
  • Assisting with fundraising and other organisational level events       
  • Singaporean 
  • GCE ‘A’ level/Diploma/Degree with at least 2 years of relevant working experience 
  • Experience in organising and executing sports training & competition preferred      
  • Independent and self-motivated with initiative and drive 
  • Practical hands-on knowledge on the use of IT (e.g. using MS Office, updating and creating webpage, etc) and mass media marketing 
  • Good team building skills 
  • Good writing and communication skills   
Candidates with more than 5 years of relevant working experience may be considered for the position of Senior Sports Development Officer.

Remuneration Package:
 The successful candidate will be offered appointment on a contract basis. The starting salary will commensurate with the qualifications and work experience of successful applicants.     

Application Details:
 The closing date for this application is 21 August 2017. To apply for this position, you are required to send in your resume to admin@specialolympics.org.sg.

We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview.

Financial Statement

Annual Report

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