Healthcare professionals needed for athlete screening at Ireland Games!


While Special Olympics Ireland may be most well-known for its sports training & competition , another programme that makes a huge difference to the lives of our athletes is the Healthy Athlete Programme.

The Healthy Athlete Programme provides health screenings, health education and resources to athletes, in a fun and welcoming environment.

People with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk for a number of preventable health conditions, and experience higher mortality rates


The Healthy Athlete Programme aims to address this by increasing access to health care professionals, and increase awareness of the healthcare needs of people with an intellectual disability.

Cáit Donnelly is responsible for the Healthy Athlete Programme and is the the National Lead for Health & Wellbeing initiatives in Special Olympics Ireland.

“Ireland Games is a very exciting time for the Healthy Athlete Programme, as we see the return of FUNFitness & Healthy Hearing for the first time since 2006, and most importantly we are offering Strong Minds for the first time ever. The Healthy Athlete Programme will offer our athletes a holistic experience during the Games and continues to highlight the important link between health & sport”

This June, 1600 athletes will get the opportunity to take part in the Healthy Athlete Programme and avail of health screenings in all 7 disciplines. An army of 300 volunteers is needed to achieve this. If you are a qualified or trainee health care professional then you can play your part in changing or improving an athlete’s life by volunteering to be a part of the Healthy Athlete Programme at Ireland Games

You will have a direct impact on the lives of some of the most inspiring and dedicated athletes in the country, you can make a difference and change a life!

Register today on


If you have any difficulties registering please contact Volunteer Services on  0818 300 053 or

Meet some of the Irish Healthy Athlete Clinical Directors :