Balmy Beach - July 19
The Balmy Beach Club, a non-profit organization, has served Toronto, the Beach community and its amateur athlete members since it was incorporated in 1903 so its members could pursue such sports as “lawn bowling, tennis quoits, rowing, sailing, swimming, shooting, golf, baseball, football and cricket”. Initially, The Balmy Beach Club was made up of two main sections - The Balmy Beach Canoe Club and The Balmy Beach Lawn Bowling Club.
The Balmy Beach Lawn Bowling Club involved just that, but The Balmy Beach Canoe Club had under its jurisdiction the operation of other sections - the Rugby Club, the Hockey Club, the Squash Club; and other sports such as football, harriers, volleyball, basketball, deck tennis, surf boarding, tennis and anything that the members wanted to take part in. Membership kept growing and in 1972 the Constitution of The Balmy Beach Club was rewritten and its Board of Directors became an elected body by all members of The Balmy Beach Club and incorporated into the Constitution was the formation of five sections, one of which was The Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Canoe racing has been part of The Balmy Beach Canoe Club since 1905 and it was then that it held its first regatta. In 1907, the Club joined CanoeKayak Canada (“CKC”) and is a member club of the Western Ontario Division (WOD”) of CKC. Competitive racing is offered in age categories, ranging from age 10 to over age 65) for all types of abilities. The Club has a rich tradition of successful competition: in 1924, canoeing was accepted as an exhibition event at the 1924 Olympic Games (Paris) and it was Beach’s Roy Nurse that led the way with two gold and four bronze medals; at the 1936 Games (Berlin), Harvey Charters and Warren Saker won silver and bronze medals; Norm Lane, won a bronze medal at the 1948 Games (London), and brother, Ken Lane, with Don Hawgood, won silver medals at the 1952 Games (Helsinki). At the national level, Balmy Beach Canoe Club has won the overall National Championships(the coveted “Burgee”) in 1915, 1919, 1927, 1951 and 1955. Beach is hosting this regatta at the Welland International Flatwater Centre for over 200 athletes from WOD member clubs to give them a racing opportunity on a quality course to prepare them for the WOD Trials and Championships to be held later this month at the WIFC. The club is located at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto.