Sport on the Cooloola Coast

Dragon boating offer 3 free trials!

Dragon boating offer 3 free trials!

By Michelle Gilmore

We had an enquiry the other day – a family was new in town, and wanted to know what sports they could play without travelling to Gympie. I rattled off a few – our kids have been in karate, nippers and swim clubs, but when I thought about it, there was so much more on offer…


For those families into dance, Cooloola Coast Rec Dance Club has classes for all ages – from Tiny Tots, ages 3-4, Tinies age 4-5, Subbies age 6-8, Juniors age 9-12 and Inters from ages 13 to 17.

There’s also one for the mums with a seniors team from 17 up. Boys are welcome in all age groups and sign on day is in February. Check out our Facebook page: Cooloola Coast Rec Club for updates or call 0448 107 996. Rego fee and class fees payable.

Fire Twirling

The Rainbow Fire Weavers meet every Monday at 5pm at the Community Hall. We choreograph fire shows on these days and have set performance dates for the end of each term – (term fees, $120).

Friday Night Fire Twirling is at 6pm (bookings essential), $10 per person. Book in at Tree Beards or contact Tina 0409 631 127


Nippers begin learning vital surf awareness and skills from the minimum age of 5 years, right through until they complete the program at 14 years of age. New members are welcome to join at any time during the season.

Nippers resume January 24, then every Sunday on the beach, from 8.30 to 10.30am, until Easter. For any information please call Nerissa Legge 0408 731 104

Little Athletics

Cooloola Coast Little Athletics is based on track and field but events are diverse – running, jumping, throwing and walking.   Modified to suit the age and ability of the participants, the emphasis is on getting out there and giving it a go.

Training sessions are on Thursday afternoons at the Tin Can Bay State School Oval starting at 3pm. Please contact us on  or call 0458 111 591.

Board riders

All are welcome, whether you are a first time surfer or have been doing it since you were in nappies! The club has friendly competitions and hosts the annual Memorial Classic.

It isn’t just about the competition, but getting together with the surfing community of Rainbow Beach – and keeping up tradition. Like us on Facebook: Rainbow Beach Boardriders Club Inc. or call 0419 929 037.

Swim Clubs

If you haven’t been involved in swimming or a swim club before, visit your local pool and give it a go.

With special incentives at both clubs for children under 6 or 7, it’s a great start for kids to become fit, work on team building and development skills.

The Rainbow Beach Warrior Swim Club meet on Thursdays. For more information, call Bj Parton at the Rainbow Beach Aquatic Centre on 54863191 #3 for Aquatic.

The Cooloola Coast Crocs meet every Tuesday fortnight at the Tin Can Bay pool from 5.30pm. For more information call Bec on 0438 862 600. For squad and learn to swim – contact Greg at Tin Can Bay Pool for details on 0416 406 832.


Senior Instructor Darren Grieve and Instructors: Dean Taylor and Lee Bird offer a variety of Karate classes on Monday and Wednesday at Rainbow Beach State School.

Kids Karate for ages 5 – 8 is from 4.30pm to 5.15pm, Karate-Jitsu for 9 – 17yrs is at 5.15pm to 6.15pm, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Classes in Tin Can Bay at the RAOB Hall, 110 Emperor Street run Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 11am

Call 0438 115 190 & 0438 115 685 to find out more.


All ages can give lawn bowls a try.  Call Rainbow Beach Sports Club on 5486 3191, and also ask about their barefoot bowls social competitions. Tin Can Bay Bowls Club and Tin Can Bay Country Club both offer lawn bowls. Call D. Townsend 5486 4774 or Bob Callier 54862787 to find out more.

Sporting Shooters

Our local club hosts regular events for air rifle/air pistol, shotgun, rimfire rifle, rimfire and centrefire pistol, black powder/rendezvous, single action, gallery rifle, and archery held monthly.

There are zone events for target pistol, along with a junior training and development camp and Spring rendezvous (black powder).

Spectators are welcome and participants from the age of 11 years to 105+ are welcome. Safety courses are held for those wishing to gain a firearms licence. All enquiries to Gordon on 5486 5208 or Lois on 5486 2559.

Fishing Club

For meetings, mini-comps, guest speakers, inter club fishing competitions, tag-a-longs, weigh ins and more! Contact Robin on 5486 2052 or email


Sailabilty Tin Can Bay, providing sailing experiences for people with disabilities, operates in TCB on a Friday morning at about 9am to 1pm.

The next session will be on January 22, 2016. Volunteers are always required, contact Paul Oliver 0427 995 512, or see the TCBYC website for link.

Dragon Boating

The Cooloola Dragon Boat Club promotes an active lifestyle, with a strong emphasis on making friends and having fun! Dragon boating is for everyone and anyone of any age, shape or size.

It is a dynamic and exciting sport with opportunities to compete at state, national and international levels. Or simply enjoy some fun and camaraderie on the beautiful waterways of Tin Can Bay!

All ages from juniors to 60+ are welcome – bring the whole family! Located at Snapper Creek Tin Can Bay on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Paddles and lifejackets provided – 3 free trial sessions. Phone Sandra, 07 5486 2695 or 0402 352 756 or


Tin Can Bay Yacht Club has been operating as a sailing venue since 1982. The Club offers a number of sailing activities.

Basic 8-week Discover Sailing Courses are available – 2 held during the summer sailing season October-April. These courses are open to adults and youth aged 14 and over. Fees apply.

School Holiday Sailing for Juniors. This 4-day activity is open to children under 14. Fees apply. Club Racing takes place each fortnight from September to April. Crew places available.

For more information: Jon Jones – 0408 472 187 or email  or


Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay both have a side in the Gympie B Grade competition. The minimum age to play matches is 14 years, but younger cricketers are invited to train on Thursdays at 2.30pm.

Games are played regularly on the coast and spectators are also welcome. Rainbow Beach: 0418 666 140 or like them on Facebook. Tin Can Bay : 0421 505 200.

Plus there is more… golf, darts, and the area is well known for volleyball at Tin Can Bay School!

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