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Are you crazy? Join us for a dip this weekend!

8 June 2005

Are you crazy? Join us for a dip this weekend!

The region’s biggest and best midwinter plunge is on again at Freyberg Beach on Sunday 12 June.

“Despite scream-inducing cold water, hundreds of Wellingtonians take part each year, wearing the craziest costumes and hoping to win some great prizes,” says City Council Event Co-ordinator Tim Crooks

“We’re looking forward to seeing what passes for swimming togs this year. In previous years we’ve had the Village People, Midwinter Fairies and Buzzy Bees invade the beach.”

To recognise the growing popularity of the event and the huge effort participants make with their costumes, the number of prizes has been increased. There will be first, second and third prizes in both the adult and children’s costume categories, as well as spot prizes.

But average water temperatures of between 10°C and 12°C will make sure the swim, sponsored by Pack & Pedal, is a brief splash for some.

Entry is by donation to the Wellington City Mission. Last year nearly $2000 was raised.

Entertainment includes dazzling drag performer Pollyfilla, who, in an aquatic-themed show, will perform songs such as Splish Splash, Under the Boardwalk, and The Tide is High.

To help swimmers and spectators keep warm there will be free hot coffee from Caffé L’affare, hot soup from Watties and hot showers from Virtual Plumbing & Rennai NZ.

Registration and entertainment gets under way at 11am. The most creative costumes will be judged at 11.45am before swimmers plunge into the harbour at midday.


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