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Wednesday February 14, 2018

Wellington water attracts over 1000 swimmers for annual ocean swim

Young swimmers get ready at start line

More than 1000 swimmers aged seven to 82 years old gathered to swim in the Interislander Capital Classic at the end of January. Keen swimmers were travelling from around the country to be part of the action. For the eleventh year, Wellington’s iconic harbour was the host to the four course event with distances designed for swimmers of all abilities including children, those looking for a personal challenge and the more competitive long-distance swimmers. Event Director Scott Rice says this event was one of the most popular in the seven-swim series, attracting people from all walks of life. “This year we [had] a huge range of

swimmers, from youngsters who [were] setting their sights on their first big swim, to those smashing a personal goal, and some more seasoned swimmers who do it every year,” Mike says. “That’s the great thing about this type of event; anyone who puts their mind to it can cross that finish line. “It [was] a thrill to see swimmers from as far away as Christchurch, Auckland, and even overseas, taking to the water in Wellington.” The Banana Boat Ocean Swim Series runs from November 2017 to April 2018. Donelley Sawmillers Legend of the Lake will be next event in Rotorua this week, followed by events in Mount Maunganui, Nelson and Auckland.

ABOVE: More than 1000 people swim through the Wellington Harbour INSET: The Interisland Capital Classic ran for the 11th year in a row

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester joined the event

82-year-old John Marshall with 12-year-old Cadence McHugo

Swimmers exit water after accomplishing 3.3km swim

Independent Herald 14-02-18  

Independent Herald 14-02-18

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