Attention all Photographers and Happy Snappers

We are running a photographic competition at the club to capture your image of the beautiful place where the club has the privilege of being situated. Join in a fun photo competition at the club with the theme “My Balmoral”

Three categories available

  • Category 1 – Portrait format (i.e longest side is vertical) – to be selected on the basis of the best photo for use on a BBC swimming costume and is based on the theme “My Balmoral”,
  • Category 2 – Landscape or portrait format– DSLR (Digital SLR)- to be selected on the most visually appealing and technically accomplished photograph that shows the best interpretation of the theme “My Balmoral”
  • Category 3 – Landscape or portrait format – smart phone or ipad/tablet – to be selected on the most visually appealing and technically accomplished photograph that shows the best interpretation of the theme “My Balmoral”

Entries open on 1st January 2018 and close 28th February.

A selection of entries from category 2 and 3 – judged as best by the judging committee will be on display from 15 March 2018 in the club room for a people choice competition, running from 15 March to 30 March.

Winning photographs will be on display in the club top room from 8 April 2018

Email email me to register interest. For information and conditions of entry see this link.

Open to all Balmoral Beach Club members

Storytellers – ‘Disturbing the Dust’ Father Tony Herbert & Garry O’Sullivan

At the October meeting we had a very special guest presenter, Garry O’Sullivan’s cousin Father Tony Herbert S.J. Tony is 10 years Garry’s senior and has lived and worked in India since 1965

Tony recently launched his book “Disturbing the Dust – Notes from the Margins”, his story about living in India’s Hazaribag Province for more than five decades, and since 1980 working amongst India’s disenfranchised Dalit people. As a social activist he has advocated for the Dalits in criminal, educational, health and land rights disputes, and exploitation by coal mining and logging companies.

Garry shared the stage with Tony as interviewer with some video/photo material from his three visits with Tony. Tony told a few of his many personal anecdotes from his village experiences, which preface most chapters of the book. Particularly amusing were a couple of stories when Tony started to act as an intermediary between the Dalits and the local magistrates on some long standing charges. The defence lawyer for the Dalits had no confidence at all that the magistrates would rule in their favour, but unbeknown to the lawyer Tony was working behind the scenes and justice was served!

It was enlightening how Tony didn’t attempt to change the ‘untouchables’ ways and convert them but rather found a way to understand their way of life.

Some extracts of Tony’s book follow: Continue reading

Erik Mather 2/4/6 – Saturday 18th November 2017

Date: 18th November 2017
Start: 7am (note earlier start this year)
Entry: online (preferred) or on the day (if swimmer limit has not been reached)
Registration: 6:15am on the day
Distance: 2, 4,or 6km
Course: Bay, Chinamans and return
Participants: Balmoral Beach Club members and their friends
Donation: Online donation in lieu of entry fee or at the club on the day

Note: There is no club swim on this day






Storytellers – 21st November commencing at 7:30 pm

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Club identities Louise Stevenson and Doug Sturrock will be interviewed about their life-time passion for yachting and their many sailing exploits. This will be followed by the premiere of “The Girl in the Blue Helmet,” a 12-minute adventure movie featuring a popular BBC member, who is also an outstanding athlete.

It is the last meeting for the year and promises to be something special so be there early. If the weather is good and the BBQ area is operational then come for a drink, feed and chat beforehand, usually starting at 6pm.
All Members and friend are welcome.