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