In October 2019, Alexandra Finley was awarded Life Membership of Rainbow Club.
Meet Ahmed. Ahmed has Down syndrome. At 14 months he tries mainstream swimming lessons with little success. When Ahmed joins Rainbow Club his family delights in his progress.
Riley loves splashing about in the water but doesn’t understand danger. His mum Larissa explains, “Riley is on the autism spectrum and has no fear of anything, including the water.”
A timeline of Rainbow Club highlights celebrating 50 years 1969 to 2019
Louise Sauvage is the first Paralympian to be elevated to Legend status in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Leadership, funding and reframing enables Rainbow Club to grow and go from strength to strength, providing individualised swim lessons and social participation for children with a disability.
A new Board reaches out to their networks to raise awareness and Rainbow Club grows from one club to sixteen clubs, but tough times start to take hold.
Ron Siddons sets out to help children with a disability learn to swim. He designs an inflatable swimsuit and sets up a swimming group, naming it Rainbow Club.
Our 2019 Rainbow Connect was a special Connect to not only give Rainbow Club teachers, staff, volunteers and Committees a chance to come together, share experiences and learn but to also celebrate 50 years of Rainbow Club.
Bexley, Bondi, Byron Bay, Campbelltown, Cherrybrook, Cronulla/Miranda, Hornsby, Hurstville, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Maroubra, Mt Pritchard, Newington/Stanmore, Northmead, Orange, Penrith, Revesby, Southern Highlands, Seven Hills, Sutherland, Tamworth, The Ponds, Villawood, Warriewood, Warringah. See details