Over successive years in the 80's and 90's, Erik was the Balmoral Beach Club Captain, Club Champion and Iron Man Champion. He is remembered outside of his diverse sporting and corporate achievements for his humour, involvement in the Beach Club activities and the encouragement he gave to all members to join in. He has left a wonderful legacy to the community through the creation of the Balmoral Beach Club Nippers, which is said to have the highest participation rate across all of the Nippers programs in NSW.
The 2,4,6 km invitational open water swim established in 1998, was renamed in 2013 by the Balmoral Beach Club in Erik's memory.
Balmoral Beach Club members and member’s guests participating in the race are encouraged to make a donation, in support of the Melanoma Institute of Australia.
Every contribution will help reach our target this year of $25,000. All donations are received by the Melanoma Institute Australia and will directly fund the new Erik Mather PhD Scholarship program established to recognise the significant contribution that the event and the BBC community make to research programs in melanoma treatment at the Melanoma Institute Australia.
Registration numbers for the swim event are strictly limited. No on-the-day registration is available. Under 18’s will need to re-confirm registering on the day with their parent/guardian signing consent.
The Balmoral Beach Club Events and the Mather Family thanks you for your support.
- Date: Saturday 13th February 2021
- Participants: Open to Club members and their friends (by invitation)
- Time: Registration from 6.15am. 7am start.
- Location: The Balmoral Beach Club, 6 The Esplanade, Balmoral.
- Distance: 2, 4 or 6km
- Course: Bay to Chinamans’ and return
- Entry: Non-members by payment of entry fee, members by donation, in lieu of an entry fee, (NOTE: This year on-line entries are only accepted. No on the day entry)
- Water bottles: We request that all swimmers bring their own re-usable water bottles on the day
The Course and Swim
The swim starts from in the front of the Balmoral Beach Club after a briefing to all swimmers. Each distance will start as a separate wave, starting with the 6km swimmers.
The swim is a 2km loop towards Chinamans and around the bay, completed a number of times depending on the distance being swum.
All swimmers, once registered, will only be allowed to swim the distance they have registered for (or less). A 2km swimmer will not be allowed to swim 4km or 6km and a 4km swimmer will not be allowed to swim 6km.
Conditions of Entry
As condition of entry to the swim please read the following Risk Warning, Waiver & Entry Conditions before proceeding. Under 18’s will need to provide parent/guardian details in the event they need to be contacted to confirm their consent. You will be asked to confirm you have read this as part of entering process.
Entrants over the age of 18years - Risk Warning, Waiver & Entry Conditions
Entrants 18 years or younger - Risk Warning, Waiver & Entry Conditions
All entrants need to check in on the day and will receive their event swimming cap.
Non-members are charged a registration fee for entry to the Erik Mather 2, 4, 6 swim. No registration fee is charged to Club members and their costs for the swim are covered by a generous contribution from the Balmoral Beach Club.
Balmoral Beach Club Members participating in the race are invited to make a donation, in lieu of an entry fee, in support of the Melanoma Institute of Australia. All donations are received by the Melanoma Institute Australia and contribute to the significant advances in melanoma treatment options coming directly from the ongoing research efforts of the Melanoma Institute Australia.
This event is subject to health/COVID restrictions and may be cancelled prior to Saturday 13 February should the NSW Government or health requirements change. We will keep entrants informed of any changes in the status of this event.
We have made changes to the swim to ensure participant and community safety. This year only online entry is available and we will be capping participant numbers. Procedures will be in place to allow physical distancing at check in, at the race start and race finish. Swimmers are asked to leave the area as soon as they have completed their swim.
We ask that all swimmers follow any instructions from the COVID safety marshals on the day and that you do not come to the event if :
- you are feeling unwell or have someone at home who is unwell
- have been in close contact with someone who is unwell or has visited a COVID-19 hotspot, or
- have visited a COVID-19 hotspot and have not completed the required quarantine period
In the case where the Events can not be rescheduled and the event has to be cancelled, entry fees (from non-members) will be transferred to next year’s event. All donations will be non-refundable and will be directed to the Charity.
Donate to a great cause
For those that do not want to swim you can still help us achieve our goal of $25,000 and donate to assist Melanoma Institute Australia in achieving its mission of zero deaths from melanoma.
Any life lost to melanoma is one too many.
Results for this years event will be available post the event. Results from previous years are available