Balmoral Swim for Cancer
Since 2005 the club has supported the annual Balmoral Swim. The event consists of the main 1km swim, The Dash for Glory (Anita Comelli Trophy), a variety of relay events including the HMAS Penguin Shield and the Alexander Patrick Hall Shield for the most funds raised. The swim has continued to grow in popularity and funds raising. Over half a million dollars has been raised through swim entries and donations for the Children’s Cancer Institute in their mission to eliminate Childhood Cancer.
The enthusiasm and commitment of the numerous volunteers has demonstrated the support of our membership to both the local and wider community. In 2010 the swim was awarded the Benefactors Award in recognition of outstanding support for the Children’s Cancer Institute. This award belongs to the community of swimmers and volunteers who have supported the event every year. See the website for more about the Balmoral Swim for Cancer…
The Balmoral Nippers program caters for age groups from 4’s to 11’s with a further season of life saving education for 12 year olds and above which qualifies those kids to be eligible for the Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion. It is open to both members of the club as well as members of the public.
The season runs during the summer term time and involves an hour organised beach and water activities, depending on age, and is followed by our intra club “Championship” for those keen to participate. The Championship consists of a different competitive live saving discipline each week.
Our nippers programme provides families the opportunity to get directly involved with their kids. We greatly encourage all parents to don a red rashy and get wet with their kids. Their assistance as age managers and helpers remains a key to the success of the programme.
To find out more about how to enrol see the Nippers website.
Erik Mather 2, 4 or 6 km swim for Melanoma
The Balmoral Beach Club was greatly saddened by the death on 26 September 2011 of Erik Mather, a former Club Champion and Club Captain, at the early age of 45 from metastases melanoma.
Erik was Club Champion 1989-1991, Club Captain 1992-1995 and Iron Man Champion 1987-1988 and 1989-1992, a remarkable record. As Club Captain he was innovative, humorous and efficient – ever encouraging members to compete.
He has left a wonderful legacy to the community through the creation of the Balmoral Beach Club Nippers, now a most successful enterprise, with over 600 children participating each year.
The 2,4,6 km invitational open water swim established by Erik in 1998, was renamed in 2013 by the Balmoral Beach Club in Erik’s memory.
Members, their friends participating in the race and those who enjoy being outdoors are invited to make a donation in support of the Melanoma Institute of Australia to aid the ongoing research for a cure for melanoma.