Hardy souls brave el­e­ments

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Cold, wet weather, a mis­cal­cu­lated high tide and a strong swell didn’t dampen the pos­i­tiv­ity of Plim­mer­ton’s mid­win­ter dip­pers on Sun­day morn­ing.

Spir­its were high at the an­nual fundrais­ing event, as swim­mers put a cheer­ful spin on the icy Kare­hana Bay waters.

‘‘I think once the hypothermia kicked in it was bet­ter,’’ said lo­cal mum Han­nah Hen­der­son, who dressed as a lob­ster for the event.

Kara Knight, who braved the sea in top hat, bow tie and bikini, was equally up­beat.

‘‘It wasn’t that bad once you got in ac­tu­ally. Com­ing out was worse than go­ing in.’’

Ded­i­cated reg­u­lars were un­likely to be put off by a mere northerly, said or­gan­iser Shona Croas­dale.

‘‘The weather didn’t dampen any­one, which is the great­est thing about it, I think.’’

About 120 hardy souls took the plunge, all for a good cause – rais­ing funds for Plim­mer­ton Kinder­garten. The $6000 raised will pay for an up­grade of the kindy’s out­door area, Ms Croas­dale said. ‘‘It’s very run down and in dire need.’’ The kinder­garten’s mid­win­ter dip has been run since 1997, and has be­come a muchan­tic­i­pated win­ter fete for the sub­urb.

Par­tic­i­pants of­ten dress up for their dip, and this year brought out cow­boys, clowns, pi­rates, Wizard of Oz char­ac­ters and even Osama bin Laden.

The lo­cal fire brigade con­tin­ued its tra­di­tion of tak­ing a swim in full uni­form.

For more pho­tos from the event, visit: www.face­book/kapi­mananews.com.

The big push: 120 swim­mers rush in to the choppy, cold sea dur­ing Sun­day’s mid­win­ter dip.

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