TAK­ING THE PLUNGE:

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

Na­tional cross coun­try skier Fin­ley Clarke broke the ice in budgie smug­glers as Falls Creek cel­e­brated the open­ing day of win­ter with an ice plunge at Rocky Val­ley Lake. This year, the 10th an­niver­sary of the June 1 cel­e­bra­tion, was the first time the event had been tied to a fundraiser for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease. Chris Hock­ing ad­mit­ted the wa­ter was brac­ing. “The forecast to­day sug­gested a mi­nus 3C start, with the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture around +3 to 4C,” he said. “For many it's as much about the cause as it is the fes­tive na­ture of the event and pay­ing homage to the snow gods.”

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