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Run an Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival

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Running an Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival is the perfect way to engage with your younger club members, and the ideal avenue to partner with local schools and swim schools to expose potential members to your fun Club environment.

Your event should be focused on kids having fun in a non-competitive learning environemnt, to encourage them to continue their swimming journey. There are three main types of carnivals:

  1. OJD Club Night - regular club night that is themed and focused on involving your OJD members with fun, un-timed events.
  2. OJD Intra-Club Carnival - stand-alone club carnival involving your members, themed and focused on fun, un-timed events for OJD members and potential members (i.e. you may link with your local swim school to expose potential members to your Club environment).
  3. OJD Inter-Club Carnival - stand-alone carnival themed and focused on fun, un-timed events for OJD members, potential members and inviting surrounding clubs in your area. This is a great opportunity to link with local swim schools and utilise the free membership offering to promote your Club.


Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival Guide

This document gives you some great ideas that you can incorporate in your event to make it as fun and engaging as you can! Key points to note are:

Check out the guide for more great ideas here! Also, have a look at the templates below for more ideas.

Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival Planning Checklist

This step by step checklist will help you in planning your Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival and make sure you don't forget anything! Focus on the items relevant to the type of event you are running, and make it easy to organise your volunteers to help out on the day. Key points to note are:

Access the full checklist here!

Boosting your Optus Junior Dolphin Carnival

As a Swimming Queensland affiliated club, in addition to the Delivery Centre Kit, you also have access to a Carnival Kit. This kit is held by your Region and is available for you to utilise at any Junior Dolphin Carnivals you may run. The kit contains:

If you would like to use this at your event, please email us admin.qld@swimming.org.au or phone 3390 2011.

Another benefit to affiliated clubs is athlete appearances through the Australian Swimmers Association (ASA). Clubs can request an appearance by providing details of your event to the ASA, and they will do their best to help you out where possible. Information on the process can be found here.

Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival Examples

These examples have been developed to give you some ideas on what your OJD Carnival could look like. Feel free to use them as they are, or modify them to suit your needs.

Share your Optus Junior Dolphins Activity

We love seeing your Club getting involved in Optus Junior Dolphins! Send us your pictures and/or videos of your members having fun in their Optus Junior Dolphins T-shirts, or participating in an Optus Junior Dolphins Carnival via email: admin.qld@swimming.org.au on facebook @SwimmingQLD or insta @swimming_queensland, using #optusjuniordolphins

Any more questions?

Check out our Optus Junior Dolphins FAQ page, or get in touch with us at Swimming Queensland via admin.qld@swimming.org.au or phone 3390 2011.

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