Training, competitions and education

Diverse sports activity

VAU plans, executes and coordinates competitive activities of disability sports in Finland. Everyone has an opportunity to train and compete in their own level. Some of the sports are integrated as parts of their national sports federations. In these sports VAU helps to organize activity by consulting. Special Olympics activities for intellectually disabled people are organized in 18 sports.

Classification and competitive sports

Athletes who take part in competitive sports must have a national or international classification that is made by trained classifiers. VAU’s athletes are taking part in championships for different disability groups both in national and international level. The Finnish Paralympic Committee elects and sends Finnish athletes for the Paralympic Games. In the sports that are integrated the national sports federation is responsible for sending the athletes to international championships.

Disability sports in Finland

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Bocce
  • Boccia
  • Bowling
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Electric Wheelchair Hockey
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Floorball
  • Football
  • Goalball
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Petanque
  • Powerlifting
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Showdown
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Sledge Hockey
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Unified Basketball
  • Unified Bowling
  • Unified Football
  • Unified Sailing
  • Unified Volleyball
  • Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Curling
  • Wheelchair Dancing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis