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Olympic champion Kowalski to address University

Posted: Thursday 9 May 2019

Former Olympic swimming champion Daniel Kowalski will speak about diversity, inclusion and equality at a special event at Federation University Australia’s Mt Helen Campus. 

To be delivered as part of Campus Life Pride Week activities, Daniel will give a fascinating insight into his life and career. 

Daniel was heavily involved in Australia’s Marriage Equality campaign, serving as an Ambassador and spokesperson, travelling to all corners of the country promoting equality for all. He also serves as an ambassador for beyondblue and the Pinnacle Foundation. 

Daniel, an Australian freestyle swimmer won four Olympic medals at two Games - one gold, one silver and two bronze.

His career was plagued with injury, illness, adversity and disappointment, but he managed to push through it all to succeed in his goals and he now uses his experiences to assist others.

This free event will be held on Tuesday 14 May starting at 6:00pm in the Geoffrey Blainey Auditorium, Mount Helen Campus, with supper provided.

Register for the event online or contact Liana Finlayson on or 5327 6287.

Quotes attributable to Director of Campus Life, Colin Marshall:

“The University’s Pride strategy is comprehensive and focuses on achieving best practice across all areas and aspects of university life.”

“We aim to be a place where all LGBTIQ+ students and staff can feel safe and included and able to bring their whole selves to study and work every day.”

“Celebrating, respecting and supporting the contributions LGBTIQ+ staff and students make in our communities is key to achieving this goal.”   

Quotes attributable to FedUni Residential Advisor, Ainsley Lindsay:

“Pride Week is an important event to highlight diversity within our University and the wider community.”

“By celebrating our differences and the LGBTIQA+ community we promote a University culture of acceptance and respect. Pride Week includes a number of events that welcome everyone to participate.”

Contact Matthew Freeman
Media and Government Relations
03 5327 9510; 0408 519 674