Back in the swim of things



Everyone’s favourite annual Balmoral swimming event is back this year, offering a unique water experience.

The Balmoral Swim community event returns on 3 April 2022, offering a range of distances and fun challenges for everyone to get involved in within the beauty and safety of Sydney Harbor. 

Whether you are new to ocean swimming or a seasoned veteran, it is sure to be a fun day for all with events that everyone can get involved in at this fully inclusive swimming carnival. 

After last year’s event had to be spread over three days due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, the swim is back to its regular formatting – holding all events over one day. 

There are four swimming events, including the Junior Swim, Schools’ Challenge Relay, Balmoral Team Challenge, and 5-kilometre, 2.5km and 1km distance swims. 

The event is in its 31st year and is organised by an array of volunteers, with many of them members of the Balmoral Beach Club. 

The Balmoral Swim originally started to help raise money for local charities and has collectively raised more than $1.4 million since 1990. This year, the organisers hope to raise $350,000.

This year all funds will go toward the Zero Childhood Cancer program – the most innovative childhood cancer research initiative ever undertaken in Australia. 

This world-class program brings together all major Australian clinical and research groups working in childhood cancer to offer the country’s first-ever personalised medicine program for children with high-risk or relapsed cancer.

“By holding this event, the Balmoral Swim is helping us undertake the medical research we know will uncover a cure for childhood cancer,” says the Children’s Cancer Institute's executive director, Professor Michelle Haber.

“Fundraising events like the Balmoral Swim enable us to continue this critical research - and demonstrate what can be achieved when communities unite for a common cause.”

North Shore Living spoke with local Karen Panaretto, who is a volunteer on the Balmoral Swim committee and takes part in the event every year. 

“It’s a really well-run event. It’s safe because you’re not worrying about the big waves or the current,” Karen says. 

“I love it – I wouldn’t do it otherwise. I’ve been involved for a long time now, and my kids have all swam in the event when they were at school. For us, it’s a bit of a family day.” 

Karen says there’s lots of comradery and the event is ‘really nicely supported’ by the whole community. 

“On the day, everyone is really happy and there’s always somebody that will help and show you around. If you’re really worried, there will be someone you can find to swim with you.”

The event will run for the full morning, starting at 7am and finishing at midday. If you fancy a jam-packed morning of swimming, fun and getting involved in the community, don’t wait to register!

To find out more information or reserve a space, visit

Jess Clarke, Journalist, North Shore Living Magazine

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