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.