New mum fin­ishes ocean chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By LAURA McLEAY

When Emma Liss­ing­ton had a baby girl just eight months ago, she knew get­ting back into ex­er­cise would prove a chal­lenge.

But she set her­self a goal and in March she rou­tinely headed to the swim­ming pools.

Less than a month af­ter get­ting back in the wa­ter she com­pleted that chal­lenge.

She swam the Sand to Surf ocean swim at Mt Maun­ganui on March 26. This is part of the State Ocean Swim Se­ries that hap­pens around New Zealand an­nu­ally.

Par­tic­i­pants can en­ter into dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories de­pend­ing on their pre­ferred dis- tance. Mrs Liss­ing­ton swam 300m, which she said may not sound like a long way but it was a chal­lenge for the new mother.

She braved the pour­ing rain and choppy seas and came in first for her age group 30-39 year olds.

‘‘ It was quite sat­is­fy­ing to feel that adren­a­line. It was a big self achieve­ment,’’ she said.

‘‘I en­joy swim­ming, some­thing I used to do a lot of when I was a child. I had a baby eight months ago so I needed to get into shape and this has given me the drive to get swim­ming again.’’

This was her first time do­ing an ocean swim and she said now that she has had a taste, she was keen to work to­wards the one kilo­me­tre swim in next year’s Sand to Surf competition.

‘‘You need a bit of a chal­lenge to keep your­self go­ing and have some­thing to aim for,’’ she said.

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