Patrons & Ambassadors

Daniel K

Daniel Kowalski

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.

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.

 

Louise Sauvage OAM

Louise is  regarded as the most renowned disabled sportswoman in Australia winning two gold medals and a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic games in front of a home crowd. Louise competed in the 2004 Olympics and Paralympics and has won four Boston Marathons.  Louise holds world records in the 1500m, 5000m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Louise first became aware of Rainbow Club Australia when she competed in the Malabar Magic Ocean Swim in 2010.  This Swim is the annual fundraiser for Rainbow Club Australia and organised by Rainbow Club Australia’s then Patron, Murray Rose.  Louise agreed to become Patron of Rainbow Club Australia in 2012.

Mark Speakman (Member for Cronulla)

Mark is the Member for Cronulla in the NSW Parliament and follows the former Member for Cronulla, Malcom Kerr, as Patron of RCA.

Mark is a Senior Counsel and brings his experience as a lawyer and parliamentarian to Rainbow Club Australia.  Mark became Patron of Rainbow Club Australia in 2011.

 

Ambassador

James Pittar 

 James is our Clubs Ambassador, he is a blind marathon swimmer who has completed swims all around the world.   In 2010 he was the 9th Australian to be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

James says being a disabled athlete he hopes he may be of some inspiration to children.  He likes to know that Rainbow Club children are allowed to learn, be safe and to have fun in the water.

To contact James (in relation to Rainbow Club), click here.

 


Ethan Harvey (Youth Ambassador)

Ethan is our Youth Ambassador.  Ethan volunteered to work with Cronulla Rainbow Club in 2010 when he was 14 years old.  He came along one day and asked if there was any way he could be involved.  He spoke with Ron Siddons, who immediately set him to work with the children.

Ethan is now a qualified Learn to Swim teacher and works at both Sutherland and Bondi Clubs

 

GeorgiaGeorgia Dore (Members’ Ambassador)

Georgia was 15 years old and a member of Buxton Rainbow Club when she registered to swim her first Malabar Magic Ocean Swim. She was the first Rainbow Club member to do the Ocean Swim.

At 8 months Georgia was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma which is cancer which involved 18 months of treatment, including chemotherapy, an operation to remove the tumor, total body radiation and a stem cell transplant. She suffered a number of side effect such ascataracts on both eyes, hearing impairment, screws in both hips and a few years ago she developed Epilepsy.

Georgia’s training for the 2014 Ocean Swim involved attending the local pool twice a week and gradually she worked up to the 1 kilometre in the pool. She also had weekly Rainbow Club lessons. Many times while doing laps she would have a seizure, but was determined not to let the epilepsy stop her. The 2 weekends prior to the swim, she went to Malabar with family and friends to practice swimming in the ocean, because she had not done this before.  She raised $3600 for Rainbow Club.

Georgia’s younger sister Olivia, has also attended Rainbow Club classes because she a global developmental delay, and because of the one on one classes through the swim teachers dedication and patience, they have taught Olivia to swim.