Olympic athletes joined Special Olympians in an exciting swim challenge to raise funds for Special Olympics Australia during their ‘Splash’ challenge.
Olympians including Daniel Kowalski, bronze medallist swimmer Matt Abood and Australian water polo icons Nathan Power, Nicola Zagame, and Thomas Whalan, dove head first into the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool in Sydney’s CBD, to promote community participation and inclusivity.
Funds raised from the event, which took place on October 19th, directly support the organisation’s sporting community for people living with an intellectual disability or autism.
Leading businesses including the National Rugby League (NRL), KPMG Australia and Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, among others, supported the event to help empower individuals through sport.
“We are very grateful for the support of our Olympic athletes, business partners and communities. These events are imperative in supporting our mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disability or autism through sport.” said Pierre Comis, Chief Executive Officer at Special Olympics Australia.
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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