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Australian Olympians in Mardis Gras float

  • Australian Olympians in Mardis Gras float

    Matthew Mitcham is among Australian Olympians to take part in a float at Sydney Mardi Gras.

Gold medallist Matthew Mitcham is among Australian Olympians to take part in a float at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in a move they hope combats homophobia in sport.

Organised by former Olympic champion swimmer Daniel Kowalski, about 80 Olympians and Paralympians will join the float at the annual parade on Saturday night.

"Sport is one of the last bastions in this country to have really failed to embrace the LGBTIQ community and it's really been in the last 18 months, two years, where there has been a bit of a groundswell - but there's still a long way to go," Kowalski told AAP on Friday.

Seven Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists will participate and every summer Olympic team since 1976 is represented, as well as winter Paralympic teams.

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