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Splash is an exciting swim challenge, held by Special Olympics, where teams compete against each other to raise fundings that directly support the organisation's sporting community of people living with an intellectual disability or autism. 


So far, leading businesses and organisations including the National Rugby League (NRL), KPMG Australia and Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, among others, have demonstrated a commitment to empowering individuals through sport by signing up for the challenge and competing in the upcoming swimming event. 


Olympic athletes will also be joining the event, including gold medallist swimmer  Daniel Kowalski, bronze medallist swimmer Matt Abood alongside Australian water polo icons  Nathan PowerNicola Zagame, and Thomas Whalan, to promote community participation and inclusivity, with each stroke. 


The NSW Splash event, which will take place in Sydney on 19th October, will be followed by an exciting first iteration of the swimming competitions in Brisbane and Melbourne across the month of November. 


We're thrilled to bring back our Splash event in Sydney, while hosting our competition for the very first time this year in Queensland and Victoria. We are very grateful for the support of our Olympic athletes, business partners and communities in our mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disability or autism through sport.” said Pierre Comis, Chief Executive Officer at Special Olympics Australia.

Sydney Splash Event Details: 


Date: Thursday 19th October 2023


Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Where: Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Woolloomooloo

About us:

About Special Olympics 

The Special Olympics began in Australia in 1976 when many people with an intellectual disability were shut in institutions. While this is no longer the norm in Australia, we continue to seek public support to ensure that people with an intellectual disability are not shut out. By helping us give them opportunities to play sport, together we can open the door to personal achievement, pride and inclusion for some of the marginalised and isolated members of our community.

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