Brave 80 take plunge in Te Anau

Te Anau Polar Plunge best dressed winner Libby Excell, dressed up as Lisa Carrington, and Te Anau School principal Grant Excell ready to take to the chilly waters last Saturday.

EIGHTY people braved the bracing lake temperature to take part in this year’s Te Anau Polar Plunge last Saturday.

The plungers, who gathered at Blue Gum Point pontoon, braced themselves as they rushed into the 11deglake, with the air temperature only sitting at a meagre 3degall while being watched by a large group of much warmer supporters.

Te Anau School principal Grant Excell said the event was the annual fundraiser for the school’s Year 6 camp in Dunedin, “and is a great way to support Tamariki”.

“The polar plunge was traditionally held in June, but this year we decided to hold it in August to coincide with the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon held on Saturday,” Mr Excell said.

“It was one of the coldest, as there was snow on the mountains and there was a cold southerly.”

Regular polar plunger, 84-year-old Ray Willett, was the eldest participant.