Balmy win­ter day spares Slade swim­mers’ shiv­ers

New Ross Standard - - PICTURES - By DAVID LOOBY

THE un­sea­son­ally warm weather made tak­ing a fes­tive dip a lit­tle eas­ier for 25 brave souls in Slade.

Hosted by mem­bers of Slade Swim­ming Club and Hook Sub Aqua Club, club mem­bers and lo­cal res­i­dents dived in with gusto to Slade Har­bour for the an­nual tra­di­tion, cheered on by a large crowd, who were com­fort­ably wrapped up warm on the side of the har­bour.

Ge­orgina Chap­man of Slade Swim­ming Club, said: ‘We had a great turn out for the an­nual Christ­mas swim. There were ap­prox­i­mately 25 swim­mers tak­ing part, with a crowd of about 40 on­look­ers and sup­port­ers. The fundrais­ing event was a great suc­cess for all. Con­di­tions were per­fect with what started out as a mild shower be­came a clear, and wind­less sky. Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures were cold but thank­fully the mild day made the event a fun and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one in­volved.’

The swim­mers en­joyed warm re­fresh­ments and some fes­tive snacks hav­ing helped to raise money for both lo­cal clubs.

Mem­bers of Slade Swim­ming Club and Hook Sub Aqua Club be­fore their swim.

Grainne Chap­man, Pa­tri­cia Rice and Clara Bracken.

Bobby, Keith, Jamie, Fin­ley, Ge­orgina, Gary and Robert Chap­man.

Karen, Lexi and Noel Fur­long.

Eabha, Peadar and Jamie Cullen.

Noel Power and Mag­gie Mur­phy.

Shane and Paddy Reville.

Grainne Chap­man.

Mike Cooper.

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