Welcome to one of Adelaide’s premier sporting and community events.
Countdown to race day:
The Brighton Jetty Classic will be held on Sunday 1st February 2015. Entries open 1st November 2014
2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of this award winning event. Why not come and celebrate with us?
- Challenge yourself to swim 1,500m
- Or maybe swimming 400m around the iconic Brighton jetty is more your distance
- You can swim with the kids or your friends in a 100m “on the same wave” fun event
- There will be a fun charity swim hopefully raising over $100,000 – why not join one of the teams to help raise funds and be part of the festivities.
Sounds fun but I don’t know how to swim in the ocean? Then join the Be Active FREE swimming lessons each Saturday afternoon at Brighton Beach.
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This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Brighton Jetty Classic, testament to a group of people working to strengthen and safeguard their local community.
Along the way, this community spirit has welcomed and assisted other Surf Clubs, Sporting Clubs and local charities to generate over $100,000 for their organisations. This year to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Brighton Jetty Classic Swim we see the inclusion of ten different charities that will benefit from the BJC with the aim of raising over $100,000 for charity in addition to the contribution to the Brighton SLSC.
In 2004 the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club asked itself how does a Community Club raise funds to secure a loan to help build a New Community Facility which supports a volunteer humanitarian life-saving service? It was a difficult question given the members were operating out of a shed and converted toilet block and only a few years earlier the club was almost broke.
For several years a number of members had been visiting and swimming in the ‘Pier to Pub’ in Lorne, Victoria, then the largest Open Water Swim in the Southern Hemisphere. Following the 2005 event they came home with the idea to create the clubs own South Aussie Iconic Event at Brighton.
From humble beginnings, the clubbies and the community of Brighton got on board and the Brighton Jetty Classic’ was born. There was no money, no sponsors and no signage but there was people power and in true Clubbie fashion, an army was formed.
Over the ten years of the Brighton Jetty Classic, the funds generated has enabled the club to first qualify for a loan to build a new club house and then basically repay the loan as well as provide funds to invest in development programs for members and the public, safety and competition equipment and improved amenities for members. Everything the club generates is reinvested, all of it aimed to improve safety and marine awareness within its community, and up and down the coast.
With the success of the swim the club continued to explore opportunities to safeguard the revenue stream and improve the community appeal of the BJC. In 2008 the BJC Sculptures event was launched and incorporated as the lead up to the swim, bringing art and class to this already beautiful place and adding another level of engagement to the Brighton beachside community.
Over the years there have been many stories of extraordinary efforts put in by the club’s members, to dream, plan, implement and then improve the running of both the swim and the sculptures events. The committees certainly need to be congratulated for their efforts to organise these multi award winning events. But it is the contribution of all of the members that get behind the club and volunteer on the day and in the days before and after the event that makes our event so special. The set up and pack up crews, logistics, the registration tent & bar staff, the nippers that love to help and of course the patrolling members that make this the largest and safest swim in the state - to all of the red shirt brigade that volunteer their time to make this the friendliest major event on the calendar – the success of this event is testimony to you.. Our community spreads a long way.
While we congratulate all those involved in the ten year journey of developing the BJC event, they stand alongside all those who give their support to the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, every day of the year.
The unique story here is that everyone involved in the Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club is working to achieve the club’s goal of “Zero preventable Drowning” and for all the years of sweat and toil, regardless of the program the members are involved in, every contribution has been voluntary. Over a million man hours in the last decade alone.
To our sponsors who support our cause and the community which engages in our efforts, this ten year success is as much your story as it is ours. We thank you and look forward to having you join us in Brighton for the 2014/2015 season and our Swim and Sculpture events. It is shaping up to be the biggest and best one yet.