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


President of the Republic of Singapore
Madam Halimah Yacob

Executive Committee 2017 - 2019

Dr. Teo-Koh Sock Miang, PhD, PBM, BBM
Vice President
Capt. Roger Loh Chin Chan
Hon Secretary
Mrs. Linda Prebhash
Hon Treasurer
Ms. Belinda Young
Dr. Kelvin Chew
Ms. Josephine Chia
Mr. Lee Theng Ngee
Ms. Liza Ow
APSN Representative
Mr. Gary Lim
Ms. Michelle Tan
MINDS Representative
Capt. Roger Loh Chin Chan
Ms. Mimi Tan
Co-Opted Member
Mr. Robin Chua
Ms. Goy Soon Lan
Co-Opted Member (Athlete Representative)
Mr. Suhairi Bin Shahan


General Manager
Mr. John De Roza
Finance and Admin Executive
Ms. Judy Chee
Sports Development Officer
Mr. Lim Seng Poh
Ms. Maria Heng
Ms. Tiffany Lim
Mr. Toh Jun Hong
Ms. Sam Pei Li
Ms. Shirley Soon

Career Opportunities

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Financial Statement

Annual Report

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