About Intellectual Disability or Autism tennis opportunities

Are you wanting to get active, meet new people and participate at your local tennis club?

Tennis can help you connect to a range of opportunities where you can be involved in tennis activities and programs at your local club as well as participate in mainstream and state competitions. We also have an elite pathway program that offers you the opportunity to represent Australia at the Global Games, Special Olympics and Virtus World Tennis Championships.

Am I eligible?

Classification Eligibility Criteria PWII Tennis Tournaments
II-1
Intellectual disability
– full-scale IQ score of 75 or lower;
– significant limitations in adaptive behaviour;
– onset before age 18
– PWII Silver Series
– PWII State Tournaments
– Australian Tennis Championships
– Virtus World Tennis Championships
– Global Games
– Special Olympics Events
II-2
Significant intellectual disability
(this group is currently restricted to athletes with Down syndrome – excluding Mosaic DS)
– a formal diagnosis of Trisomy 21 or Translocation Down syndrome;
– for safety, athletes must not have symptomatic Atlantoaxial Instability (AAI)
– athletes with Mosaic Down syndrome may compete in II-1 above
– PWII Silver Series
– PWII State Tournaments
– Australian Tennis Championships
– Virtus World Tennis Championships
– Global Games
– Special Olympics Events
II-3
High Functioning Autism
– a full-scale IQ score of above 75, OR a diagnosis of no intellectual disability, and;
– a formal diagnosis of Autism or ASD
Note: athletes with Autism who meet the criteria for II-1 Intellectual Disability will be classified in that class
– PWII Silver Series
– PWII State Tournaments
– Australian Tennis Championships
– Special Olympics Events
Special Olympics
We acknowledge that some athletes with an intellectual disability may not fall into one of the above classifications. For these athletes, there are a number of Special Olympic events they may be eligible to compete in. More information: http://specialolympics.com.au/index.php/join/
Want more information on how to get classified, or what’s required?
Sport inclusion Australia: https://sportinclusionaustralia.org.au/eligibility/
Special Olympics Australia: http://specialolympics.com.au/index.php/join/eligibility

 

International playing opportunities

The Special Olympics

The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with an intellectual impairment. Find out how you can get involved:

> Special Olympics Australia
> Special Olympics

The Global Games

The Global Games is for athletes with an intellectual impairment.

> learn more about the Global Games

Virtus World Tennis Championships

Virtus is the International Association of Sport for athletes with an intellectual impairment. Virtus manage elite competition and promote inclusion worldwide.

> Learn more about the Virtus World Tennis Championships

 

For more information, please contact [email protected] or contact your local Member Association to find out what programs are available in your area.