It is with a lot of sadness that we advise that Ron Siddons, co-founder of Rainbow Club, passed away over the weekend. Ron was ill for some time which was particularly difficult for someone who was so active over most of his life.
Ron was an inspiration to many, both for his work in founding Rainbow Club and for his fundraising for the organisation. He was supported and encouraged throughout this work over almost 50 years by his wife, Lily, and we extend our sympathies to her and his family .
The organisation Ron and Lily established in 1969 at Cronulla now has over 600 children receiving swimming lessons each weekend in 20 clubs across NSW.
Ron will be missed by all his friends at Rainbow Club.
Read more about Ron’s work and the founding of Rainbow Club
Rainbow Club is delighted to announce that it is opening a new club in South Tamworth.
From the beginning of Term 4, 2017, children with a disability in the Tamworth area have the opportunity to get individualised swimming lessons which will help them to learn to swim with a supportive and dedicated teacher.
The term of lessons will cost just $125 as Rainbow Club Australia subsidises the cost and makes this new club an affordable weekend activity for children with a disabiity, regardless of whether its a physical or intellectual challenge that they are living with.
The club will open at Bullimbal Special School, 22 Kathleen Street, South Tamworth. To join this exciting new venture, please register online at https://rainbowclubaust.com.au/index.php/registration
Rainbow Club is an NDIS Registered Provider and families wishing to use NDIS funds to pay for their Rainbow Club membership can check out the procedure to follow on our website at
This is the 18th Rainbow Club in NSW and we are looking forward to being a part of the Tamworth Community.
Enquiries to Tamworth@rainbowclubaust.com.au
Rainbow Club is so sad to hear the tragic news of the deaths of Maria Lutz, Fernando Manrique and their two children Elisa and Martin who were members of Warringah Rainbow Club.
Our hearts go out to their family, friends and to the close knit Northern Beaches community, who are, no doubt in complete shock today.
Times like these cause us to ask more questions than there are answers.
It is simply too soon to understand what has occurred, all we do know is that this is a terrible tragedy for all of us who knew them and whose lives they have touched.
As we struggle to comprehend what has occurred please make sure that you have someone to talk to, someone to lean on and reflect on how this affects you and your families.
Perhaps you can also think about reaching out to other parents or instructors in our Rainbow Club community to see how they are getting on while we all try to come to terms with the tragedy.
Lifeline is also there to help on 131114
The newest Rainbow Club has opened at Miranda in May 2016. Only 2 weeks old and already 16 children are having an affordable weekend activity at the Starting Blocks pool on Kareena Road. Our committee is being managed by Ernie Cirignano whose son Christopher is a member, and the term schedule is being managed by Nedra D’Souza. We are thrilled to have another Rainbow Club in the Shire.
19 January 2016
Rainbow Club Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Kowalski, two-time Olympic medallist and Australian Swimming Champion to their 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.
Daniel’s depth of swimming experience spans 20 years, representing Australia in both the Atlanta 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 former 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 interest 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 welcomed 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 essential 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.
Congratulations to Jackie Cole from Cherrybrook Rainbow Club who was recently awarded the NSW Austswim Access and Inclusion award. Cherrybrook is one of our biggest Rainbow Clubs with 44 members meeting every Saturday. You can see Jackie at work in our videos on Will and Emily’s story.
Congratulations also to Serina Karadonovski from Sutherland who received a Highly Commended Award in the same category.
Rainbow Club is fortunate to have such dedicated and passionate instructors
Posted 20 July 2015
A new club has opened at Kurrambee School on Werrington Road at Penrith. 18 children with a disability have started swimming lessons in the beautiful pool at the school. The Lead Instructor Cheryl Dorry was assisted by Kyle Maurer and Emeliah Osaghae and they are all looking forward to getting to know the children and helping them to be safe in water.
15th June 2015
It is with great sadness that the Board of Rainbow Club Australia has learned of the passing of Maree Jackson on Thursday, 11 June 2015.
Maree’s bravery in her battle with cancer was beyond courageous. We extend our very deepest sympathies to her husband Neil, and her 3 children Tom, Samantha and Rebecca.
Maree joined Rainbow Club in 2009 and has been an integral part of Rainbow Club since that time. We will remember Maree for the way she gave so much of herself to everything she did with love, enthusiasm, fun, energy, kindness and compassion.
Maree had a tremendous heart for Rainbow Club and everyone involved. Even after her diagnosis and throughout her subsequent journey, Maree continued to volunteer as a member of the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim Committee and brought focus, direction and humour to the organisation of this major event for Rainbow Club.
We will miss her greatly.
On 6 September 2012, Minister Constance, the Minister for Aging and Disability Services, announced that the NSW Government will invest $250,000 in Rainbow Club Australia to promote Rainbow Clubs in NSW. The announcement was made during Rainbow Club at Cook and Philip Pool.
This grant, a one off grant of significant size was championed by the Patron of Rainbow Club Australia, Mark Speakman, the Member for Cronulla. It is intended to help Rainbow Club establish new Clubs in NSW and meet demand for classes in areas where there are wait lists.
Alexandra Finley, President of Rainbow Club Australia, accepted the grant on behalf of RCA. She said: “The funding will not only help to reduce our waiting lists, but will also go a long way towards assisting us in establishing clubs across the state over time – particularly in those areas where children don’t have access to swimming lessons tailored for their needs,”. Ms Finley also recognised the importance of ongoing fundraising to ensure that RCA continues to meet the growing need for Rainbow Clubs.
For the full press release from Minister Constance, click here.
For the full press release from Rainbow Club Australia, click here.
We are delighted and proud that Rainbow Club won the AUSTSWIM award for the “most significant contribution to water safety with a focus on an under represented group”. The award was presented to Rainbow Club Director, Jane Couchman at a function in Sydney on 31 August .
According to Jane,” the speech that was given about why we won was so lovely and so many people came up to me with lovely things to say about our rainbow club”
To all of you in all our clubs who make this happen, Thank You