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$250,000 Investment in swimming lessons for children with disability

6 September 2012



Rainbow Club Announcement

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has today announced that more children with disability will have access to swimming lessons through Rainbow Club Australia.

The NSW Government will invest $250,000 in the organisation, which offers children and young people with disability personalised swimming lessons.

"Rainbow Club Australia does incredible work, ensuring children with disability are given the same recreational opportunities as the rest of the community, and I'm delighted to announce this funding," Mr Constance said.

"Some children thrive in mainstream swimming classes but others may not progress as well as they could without classes adapted to their needs."

"These funds will enable a number of new clubs to be established across NSW and will help meet the growing demand for classes in some areas where there are wait-lists."

Patron of Rainbow Club Australia and Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman welcomed the funding and said it will deliver more opportunities for children to build on their skills in the water.

"The confidence that comes from these swimming lessons benefits children and their families both within the water and outside of it," Mr Speakman said.

"The clubs utilise local pools and offer a tremendous support network for parents of children with disability who can prosper in recreational opportunities tailored to their individual needs."

Rainbow Club Australia is a not-for-profit organisation which is run by a committee of parent volunteers.

For more information about the clubs visit: www.rainbowclubaust.com.au.

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