Record entrants line up for Boiler Swim

Friday November 30, 2018 Written by Published in Paddling

In a fantastic show of support for the Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Services, a record 74 swimmers took to the water in front of Trader Jacks on Wednesday to race round the boiler and back.

 

The boiler swim this year was sponsored by “Aloe Up” sunscreen and managing director Catherine Green even joined in for a swim herself.

First out of the water and to touch the wall was Californian lifeguard and elite swimmer Matt Mills who is here for Vaka Eiva with his family, with local surf swimmer and local lifeguard Josh Utanga in hot pursuit to take second. First home among the women and in an impressive overall placing of fourth was Amy Coulton. Then followed a steady procession of swimmers, many of whom had conquered the boiler for the very first time.

A generous $680 was donated by participants and friends and it was gratefully received by charity manager Catherine Leeming.

Founded in 2005, Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Services provides a health service for people who require therapy or rehabilitation within the community to maximise their potential and quality of life.

            - Harvie Allison

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