Penguin supports the Balmoral Swim For Cancer

Published on WOATV Ian Daley (author and photographer)

Location(s): Balmoral Beach, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Balmoral Swim For Cancer, Community Engagement

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley, presents the HMAS Penguin Shield to a team from Peakhurst Swim Club, after they won the 2019 Penguin Relay at the Balmoral Swim For Cancer event. (photo: WOATV Ian Daley)
Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley, presents the HMAS Penguin Shield to a team from Peakhurst Swim Club, after they won the 2019 Penguin Relay at the Balmoral Swim For Cancer event.

A beautiful Sunday morning greeted competitors and organisers as they arrived at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach for the annual Balmoral Swim For Cancer.

One of the highlights of the annual event is the HMAS Penguin Relay Swim Shield. 

Penguin members participated in the swimming events and met with local community members as part of the Navy Community Engagement Marque team.

The Navy Jazz Band was also on hand to provide a festive atmosphere for those in attendance for the sporting and community events. 

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Mat Bradley noted the importance for the ship’s company to support local community events and charity fundraising activities like the Balmoral Swim for Cancer.

“Once again, this is a wonderful opportunity to support the local community.

“It’s a great outcome for the Balmoral Swim Club and the charity fundraisers, with proceeds of the event helping children who are battling cancer,” Commander Bradley said.

During the morning competitors from all around Australia competed in the five kilometre and one kilometre swim events, and in a vast array of relay events. 

Then, the showcase event - the Penguin Relay - was conducted, with teams of all ages fighting out the challenge. 

This year saw two relay teams from HMAS Penguin compete in the relay, with both teams fighting to finish ahead of the other. 

On completion of the event, Commander Bradley presented the HMAS Penguin Shield to the winning team from Peakhurst Swim Club, who had replicated their 2018 victory and congratulated the organisers on hosting a fantastic event. 

The day raised more than $300,000 for the charity Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, which was $100,000 more than last year’s fundraising total.