Balmoral Swim History
The Balmoral Swim was initiated within the Mosman community as a “Swim for Cancer”. Funds have been raised since 1990 to benefit targeted cancer-related charities:
- The Cancer Council
- Camp Quality
- Tsunami charities in 2005
- Children’s Cancer Institute
The Children’s Cancer Institute has been the beneficiary of funds raised since 2006. Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, better treatment, prevention, and cure of childhood cancer.
The event has been organised since 2005 by the locally-based Balmoral Beach Club and a number of community members who founded the swim. All members of the committee are volunteers, as are the many helpers on race day.
The local council, Mosman Municipal Council, has actively encouraged and supported the swim as a feature in the local calendar.
The Balmoral Swim for Cancer committee encourages community participation. The locally based Navy at HMAS Penguin contribute by providing entertainment on the day. The local community helps with a sausage sizzle and many local business support the event.
In 2010 and again in 2020 the swim was awarded the Children’s Cancer Institute 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.