Disability services from across the North West came together for the 17th annual Challenge Community Services swimming carnival on Thursday.
The event brings people with a disability together in a community environment, to participate in events no matter what their level of ability is, and to be rewarded for their efforts.
This year, participants from Orange, Muswellbrook, Bathurst, Quirindi, Moree and more travelled to Gunnedah to join G.S. Kidd Memorial School, Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises, and Sunnyfield Disability Services for the event.
Challenge Community Services regional manager Patrick Delaney said the event "empowers" the participants.
"It's a great feeling to win, but it's also a better feeling to participate," Mr Delaney said.
"You can see the support, the enthusiasm, its all there - and that's what it's about.
"It's very much a unified effort."
Mr Delaney said that participants competed in events best suited to their abilities.
"We put out what the event is and we take feedback from other services as to what the ability of the person is," he said.
"We’ll try and line that ability up so it's nice and even across the board."
The event was funded by Gunnedah Shire Council.