New Horizons to host Iceberg Swim

WINTER DIP: Launceston Aquatic Centre's Jamie Rusden and Felicity Cooper, New Horizons Club's Belinda Kitto and Chilli FM's Matthew Garwood ahead of the Iceberg Swim Fundraiser. Picture: Scott Gelston

WINTER DIP: Launceston Aquatic Centre's Jamie Rusden and Felicity Cooper, New Horizons Club's Belinda Kitto and Chilli FM's Matthew Garwood ahead of the Iceberg Swim Fundraiser. Picture: Scott Gelston

The community is being to invited to shiver its way through a Sunday swim for an important cause.

New Horizons will host its first ever Iceberg Swim at Launceston Aquatic Centre on August 12, with volunteers set to brave the winter water as part of a fundraiser for the organisation.

Organiser Edwina Dick said the event was also about raising awareness of inclusive sports.

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“Some people have a preconceived notion that people with a disability aren’t that sporty,” she said.

“We have group that swims at the aquatic centre every Wednesday, which is open to anyone with a disability.

“The money we raise will go towards inclusive New Horizons recreation programs for 2019.”

Participants have the choice of taking a brief dip, or swimming laps to raise funds.

New Horizons swimmer Jacqui Spencer is among those completing laps, but remained coy when asked exactly how many she planned to do.

“However many I can stand,” she said.

“It’s going to be pretty cold, but I have swum outdoors in winter once before and it was quite nice.

“I think I could probably do four, but it could turn into more on the day.”

The New Horizons Iceberg swim will run from 9am until 11am on Sunday, August 12. 

Registrations can be made through www.icebergswim.com

Entry is $20 for adults and $12 for children 15 years and under. New Horizons club members receive a 50 per cent discount.