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Club Patron & Office Holders

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John Bagnall can’t remember a time when he was not associated with the Balmoral Beach Club. The Club features in many of his earliest childhood memories. He was taught to swim in the famous Clem Morath School on the Club lawn, and then graduated to the rock pool. Since then he has always been a very active participant at the club. There are not many days that he not down at the Club for a swim. He was overall club champion seven times in the 1970s and 1980s, and athletics champion ten times during this period. He served as Club Captain from 1980 to 1985.
John likes to participate and volunteers to help with many things at the club, he is a member of the BBC Events Board and also on the Balmoral Swim committee and part of the Club a cappella choir that visits care homes in which some Club members reside.

Rob has been a member of the Beach Club since 1998 and has been a keen swimmer, surfer, and water polo player all his life. The nature of the Club, and its egalitarian culture has been a big draw card, to go with the morning swims, and the competition on the weekends, and the development of some great friendships. He has contributed to the Club as Captain, Vice Captain, as a Committee member, as well as supporting past Captains Ron Wilson, Chris Deane and Charm Frend.Given we are a club of volunteers, he would like to engage with a broad range of members to get things done in the Club, to continue to bring life to the club, and to share the load amongst our large group of enthusiastic people.His priorities are a plan for the future, given the demographics of the club, and the financial health of the Club.

Duncan has been a member of the Club since 2004 and is an active swimmer. His qualifications are Chartered accountant, Investment Banker and private business owner. He has previous board experience as an advisor to public and private companies and Commonwealth and State Governments over 20 years.


In the 11 years that Martin has been a member of the club he has actively participated in the swimming events and social aspects of the club. Martin was the Vice-Captain for the last 4 years working closely with the Captain and the rest of the Sports Committee.In 2014 Martin was elected as an Ordinary Committee Member taking on the responsibility for the Club’s Communications and Risk Committees. He was previously a member of the Use Of Club Committee.Martin’s career background, both internationally and within Australia, has been as Managing Director, Director and General Manager with a number of large corporations and associations. Martin would like to use his experience to help serve the members of the club in the role of Club Captain.


David is Chief General Manager of the Broker and Agency Division at Allianz Australia. Prior to this appointment in August 2014, David had been the Chief Financial Officer at Allianz Australia for the previous five years. Mr Hosking is a Chartered Accountant and has a MBA from Sydney University and is also a Director to a number of subsidiaries within the Allianz Australia Group.David and his wife Sara (who also organised the junior swim up to 2014) have been members since 2004 and their children Amy, Caitlin and Alex are also keen members. David enjoys the sense of community of the club and the camaraderie this brings. He looks to bring his financial acumen and skills to serving the Club and all its members’ interests.

Board Members


Ross has been a member of the Club since 2002. He is an active swimmer and swims most mornings at the club. Ross is a registered surveyor by profession and has worked in his own business for the last 25 years as a building developer, building subdivisions and the occasional block of units or factories.For the last year he has been convener of the Facilities and Maintenance sub-committee working with Peter Brown dealing with the day to day maintenance issues that arise at the Club. Ross would like to contribute to the club and would like to continue in this role looking after the Facilities and Maintenance at the Club.

Cathy has been a very active member since 2002. All three of her children were involved in nippers and Cathy was co-age manager for the years her daughter participated. She has been involved in the Balmoral Swim as an organizer of the School challenge. Cathy is a regular Sunday swimmer and can be found at the club many mornings of the week.Cathy has enormous respect for the heritage of the Club and thoroughly enjoyed her involvement in organising the centenary book launch cocktail party. As a member of the membership sub-committee, Cathy has gained an appreciation of the importance of ensuring new members understand the values that make the club the place we enjoy. She would like the opportunity to serve the Club on the Board.

Dick has been a member of the Club all his life and his family has been associated with the Club since its foundation in 1914. Dick has swum in the races for all his life and is a past club champion. He values the Club’s unique culture and camaraderie. He chaired the Finance Committee in 1998-99 when the last major rebuild was done and is Convenor of the present Finance Committee. He is a director of two ASX listed companies and also of subsidiary companies of a large Australian bank both here and in New Zealand.

Garry has been an active participant in the Clubs’ activities for almost 50 years, having joined after leaving school. Garry served on the Club’s Committee in the late ‘70s, before heading overseas to work. He is a regular morning swimmer and is a member of the Club’s IT Committee. For Garry, the Club has a very special character, worth preserving and developing – a welcoming, family-friendly club, blending a sporting orientation with the opportunity for a range of non-sporting activities. Garry’s professional background is in telecommunications, IT and supply chain management. He is actively involved in Scouting in the Mosman district.

Karen has been a member of the Club since 2005, participating in the Nippers program, managing age groups with both of her 2 children for over 10 years. She worked in Sales and Marketing for ten years before launching her own Children’s Swimwear business. Karen is an active swimmer and participates in both the Saturday and Sunday events. She is always keen to get involved with community events and is part of the Balmoral Swim committee. She would like to serve the Club on the Board in the capacity of the role of Use of Club convener promoting the social functions and facilities of the Club.