Penguin supports Balmoral Swim

Published on WOATV Ian Daley (author and photographer)

Location(s): Balmoral Beach, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Balmoral Swim for Cancer

CMDR Mat Bradley presenting the HMAS Penguin shield to the Peakhurst Swim Club, winners of the HMAS Penguin Relay Swim Shield. (photo: WOATV Ian Daley)
CMDR Mat Bradley presenting the HMAS Penguin shield to the Peakhurst Swim Club, winners of the HMAS Penguin Relay Swim Shield.

Personnel of Navy establishment HMAS Penguin have contributed to a strong turnout at the annual Balmoral Swim for Cancer event.

A team from Penguin participated in several swimming events and met with local community members, while the Navy Jazz Band provided the entertainment for all in attendance. A highlight of the day was the HMAS Penguin Relay Swim Shield, which was won by a four-person team from Peakhurst Swim Club. 

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley said supporting the event was a positive experience for Navy people. 

“It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the local community for this event.

“It’s especially satisfying when the proceeds will help children who are battling cancer,” Commander Bradley said. 

During the morning, competitors from around Australia completed both 5 kilometre and 1 kilometre swims and a wide array of relay events. 

The Penguin relay team were led by their Commanding Officer and placed a respectable 5th in the HMAS Penguin Relay Swim Shield. Seaman Abbey Hegyi and Seaman Jessica Lowth backed up their efforts immediately after, competing in the open womens’ sprint event, achieving 2nd and 5th places respectively.

The day raised over $200,000 for the charity Children’s Cancer Institute Australia.