Challenge Weekend

Challenge Weekend is a personal development weekend for people with Down syndrome aged 16 and over. Held twice a year at the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Recreation Centres, participants ('Challengers') are allocated to small groups captained by a volunteer team leader who provides peer support for the duration of the weekend. The Challenge Weekend is currently held from 5pm Friday to 3pm Sunday. 

The aim of Challenge Weekend is to try new things and be pushed outside your comfort zone in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. We plan activities that are safe, fun and engaging; and provide opportunities to learn new skills and be more independent. Click here to find out more

There are a number of different challenges that participants partake in over the weekend, which include: 

  • Physical challenges - Such as canoeing, rock climbing and the giant swing 
  • Social challenges - Such as team games and ball sports 
  • Emotional challenges - Such as reflection and personal development workshops 


We also incorporate some of the most popular activities from past events such as the talent show, trivia, disco night and more! 

Applications are open to anyone aged 16 and over who has Down syndrome. Should you require more direct support at Challenge Weekend, please contact us prior to sending in your forms to discuss alternative arrangements. This may include the requirement to bring your own support worker for the weekend if we are unable to meet your support needs.