Rainbow Club Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Kowalski, two-time Olympic medalist and Australian Swimming Champion to their esteemed list of patrons. Daniel joins other patrons Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games gold medallist Louise Sauvage and NSW Minister for the Environment and State Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman - all lending their support for the charity.
All patrons are swimming together this year as the ‘Magic Patrons’ raising funds for Rainbow Club - http://malabarmagicoceanswim2016.gofundraise.com.au/page/MagicPatrons
Daniel’s depth of swimming experience spans 20 years, representing Australia in both the At- lanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In 1998 Daniel was Sporting Ambassador for the United Nations, he mentored the Australian Swimming Team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and has been General Manager for the Australian Swimmers’ Association since 2011.
Alexandra Finley, President of Rainbow Club Australia, says “It’s a pleasure to welcome Daniel to the organisation. Daniel has accomplished immense achievements in his career, working alongside some of the greatest sportspeople and coaches of his generation, he was a natural fit for Rainbow Club. ”
“With his vast experience and leadership, Daniel brings a new perspective to the charity in helping to guide Rainbow Club through its next stage with the ongoing support of children with a disability learning to swim. His expertise will be invaluable for the future development of the charity’s key annual fundraising event, the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim,” says Alexandra.
Daniel has been aware of Rainbow Club’s work for many years, due to his admiration for for- mer Olympic great the late Murray Rose (co founder of the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim) and the tireless work Murray was involved in for the Rainbow Club charity.
Daniel Kowalski says, “Murray’s passion for the Rainbow Club children really piqued my in- terest in the program, his legacy as a pioneer for the sport and as a philanthropist highlights the true sporting hero he was. So when approached by the board to become patron, I wel- comed the opportunity to be able to follow his path and work with the Rainbow Club to help out where I can.”
“I can help raise community awareness of the great work Rainbow Club does - that it is es- sential to be included in mainstream activities and to be able to have the same opportunities as able-bodied children. A key part of my involvement will be as a person who can provide encouragement and act as a sporting role model for the children and their families.”
“I hope to bring fresh insight and opportunities for the charity, to be part of its growth into a larger organisation, and to generate more funding to move children currently on waiting lists into classes. Swimming in the Malabar Magic in February is just one way I can help lift the charity’s profile and make a difference,” says Daniel.
With just over a month until the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim on Sunday February 21, the charity is now in full swing to generate registrations for the event and fundraising for the Rainbow Club program. Every dollar that is raised in the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim goes directly to funding the program, helping children with disabilities learn to swim and be safe in the water.
Last year’s fundraising total of $80,000 was raised through entry fees, donations and spon- sorship of swimmers participating in the event. In 2015 there was a record number of Rain- bow Club members, families and supporters entering the swim and generating sponsorship - raising an incredible $30,000 as part of the final total.
Long-time event sponsors The Macquarie Foundation, N G Farah, and Randwick Council are again lending their support by sponsoring the swim event and entering teams to help fundraise for the charity.
Running for its 8th season, the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim is a featured event in the Fine Ocean Swimmer Series, offering a two-swim program: 1km starting at 9.00am and a more challenging 2.4km swim starting at 10.00am. The start and finish for both swims is on Malabar Beach, both courses are in the protected waters of Malabar Bay.
The swim is open to all abilities and is the first ocean swim in New South Wales to include a Swimmer with a Disability Award in both swim categories.
This year, event organisers have included a shorter 250 metre course (the Rainbow Dash) for Rainbow Club members who would like the opportunity of competing in a race, but are not able to swim the longer courses.
On the day - late registrations from 7.00am, 1km starts at 9.00am and the 2.4km starting at 10.00am.
Rainbow Splash and Rainbow Dash are at 9.30am, awards ceremony from 12.00pm.
RAINBOW CLUB SAYS THANK YOU
Rainbow Club Australia would like to acknowledge Macquarie Foundation, Randwick Council and N G Farah for their ongoing support of the charity and the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim.
ABOUT THE RAINBOW CLUB AND ‘THE MAGIC’
Former Rainbow Club patron and Australian Olympic great, the late Murray Rose, co-founded the the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim event with board members from Rainbow Club back in 2009. The goal was to raise funds for the charity and promote its important work across communities.
Rainbow Club originated in the Sutherland Shire and has been providing swimming lessons for children with disabilities for over 20 years, supporting over 500 children in 16 clubs across NSW on a weekly basis.
To register online, support a swimmer or find out more information about the swim, go to: http://malabarmagicoceanswim2016.gofundraise.com.au/
For further information: Catriona Barry on 0417 221 119
For more information on Rainbow Club Australia, visit www.rainbowclubaust.com.au