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The 16th Annual Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is set to make a splash on Sunday, 18th February 2024, marking another year of camaraderie, competition, and support for a great cause. 

With the picturesque backdrop of Malabar Bay, the Magic Ocean swim has grown over the years to now attract nearly 2000 swimmers to hit the water.  

In 2024, over 1,500 passionate swimmers are gearing up to take on the challenge of the 1km, 2.5km, and 5km courses, making this edition of “The Magic” a testament to the enduring spirit of the swimming community. 

This year, the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, as Rainbow Club patron, will officially start the Splash, Dash and Magic 1km events where Rainbow Club member can test their ability in an ocean swim and share their love of swimming. 

The Malabar Magic is the principal fundraising event for the Rainbow Club, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing swimming lessons, water safety and social participation across 77 clubs in NSW, QLD and the ACT to children and young adults with a disability. 

“We are thrilled to dive back into the water for the 16th Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim,” said Rob Lloyd OAM, Race Director. 

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“The unwavering support of our incredible swimmers, donors, volunteers, surf lifesaving crews, Randwick Council, and the extraordinary Malabar community makes this event possible. Every year, the funds raised leave a lasting impact on the lives of young people with a disability in our community.” 

According to Lloyd, the funds we raise make a huge difference in the lives of these children and help us continue our mission of providing a network of social swimming clubs and a lifesaving skill to those who need it most.  

“Our goal is to expand our reach by opening more clubs in areas of need, and we encourage everyone to join us for this special community event.” 

Olympic Champion and Event Ambassador Bronte Campbell expressed her enthusiasm for the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, highlighting that The Malabar Magic is not just a swim.  

“It’s a celebration of community, resilience, and the joy of swimming. I’m honoured to be part of this incredible event that supports the Rainbow Club in making a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities through the power of swimming.” 

Mayor of Randwick, Councillor Philipa Veitch, echoed the council’s pride in supporting the 16th year of the iconic Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. 

“Randwick Council is proud to continue its support for this inclusive community event at beautiful Malabar Beach.” 

“We welcome all swimmers to the beach and commend the Randwick Rainbow Club for their invaluable work at the Des Renford Leisure Centre.” 


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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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