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The 2020 Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim has been cancelled due to dangerous weather forecast for Sunday 16 February 2020. Please see the official message here

The Malabar Magic Organising Committee is disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Malabar Magic due to deteriorating weather forecasts, predicted dangerous surf conditions, visibility and water quality.  We make this decision based on advice from Surf Life Saving and in consultation with Randwick City Council lifeguards. Our main concern in making this decision is the safety and experience of ocean swimmers and the water safety volunteers.

The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is the main fundraising event for Rainbow Club who provide 1,000 swimming lessons for children with a disability each week. 

We thank the Mayor of Randwick City Council, the lifeguards, water safety personnel, volunteers, sponsors and suppliers who have supported and advised us and we look forward to more community support for our 2021 event.

Please check your emails for further information. For any enquiries, please contact

Swim the Magic

2020 will be our 12th year of ‘Magic’ and each year it gets better and better. The event offers a two swim program, a 1km course perfect for beginners or a more challenging 2.5km for more experienced swimmers.

You can swim as an individual or get a team of swimmers together. All pre-registered swimmers have the opportunity to fundraise online raising essential funds for Rainbow Club.

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At Rainbow Club we know that disability doesn't mean inability. We believe that every child has a right to learn how to swim; Rainbow Club provides subsidised and individualised swimming lessons for children with disabilities.

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Top Individuals

  • Brian Sowerby BRIAN SOWERBY $1,155.00
  • Gabriela Ascencio de Myers Gabriela Ascencio de Myers $730.00
  • MACKENZIE BARNES Ciaran, Cadell & Kyler $725.00

Top Teams

  • Emma BALDWIN Magic Rainbows $11,051.00
  • Stephanie Bourke Liftronic Pty Ltd $10,500.00
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About Murray Rose

Murray Rose, AM (6 January 1939 ?5 April 2012) was a six-time Olympic medalist (four gold, one silver, one bronze), and at one time held the world records in the 400-metre, 800-metre, and 1500-metre freestyle (long course). He made his Olympic debut at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics as a 17-year-old and won three Olympic medals, all gold. Four years later, as a 21-year-old, he won three Olympic medals (one gold, one silver, one bronze) at the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics.

In 1983, Dawn Fraser and Murray Rose were named the greatest Australian Olympians in history. It followed an Australian-wide vote by past and present Olympians.

He was Inducted in The Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 as an Athlete Member for his contribution to the sport of swimming and was Elevated to &ldqo;Legend of Australian Sport” in 1999.

A deeply committed Patron of Rainbow Club Australia, he was passionate about allowing special needs children to explore their abilities through sporting and recreational activities. Upon his death in 2012, Rainbow Club Australia renamed our annual ocean swim, Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, in his honour. His dedication, drive and his ability to be a friend to all, continues today as the Magic goes from strength to strength and is known as the most “inclusive swims on the calendar.”

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