The Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim 2016 was held recently in Sydney, and local Byron Bay Club swimmer 11-year-old Cooper Berry competed in his first-ever 250-metre Rainbow Dash swim which is part of the race event program in Malabar Bay.
Cooper and his mum Cyra travelled to Sydney to take part in the annual fundraising event that supports 16 Rainbow clubs across NSW, teaching children with disabilities to learn to swim.
Cooper is on the Autism Spectrum with Aspergers. He braved the inclement weather to take part in this event with 23 other Rainbow Club children from Sydney. More than 1,000 swimmers competed in the 1km and 2.4km races on Sunday.
Rainbow Club patrons Olympians Daniel Kowalski and Paralympian Louise Sauvage were swimming on the day in support and raising money for the non-profit charity.
The club has grossed more than $100,000 for this year’s Malabar Magic Ocean Swim, the highest fundraising for this event since its inception in 2009.
For more information on Rainbow Club or to donate visit http://rainbowclubaust.com.au.