Midwinter swim at Oreti Beach

The 78 swimmers assemble at the start of the Scouts Southland zone midwinter swim event at Oreti Beach on Sunday. Photos: Hayden Williams and Leisa Pierson

SCOUTS from throughout Southland braved the cold for a midwinter swim at Oreti Beach on Sunday morning.

The swim was a zone event including children from throughout the region aged from 5-years-old up.

About 150 people attended the event and 78 people, including children, leaders and parents, braved the waves.

A trophy was presented to four scouts from the Woodlands troop who stayed in the water longest, 49 minutes and 25 seconds. They had to be called out of the surf.

Trophies were also presented to the scout leader who stayed in the water longest and the scout group with the most scouts attending (Woodlands troop).

The trophy for best costume was awarded to Georgetown Cubs leader and Gladstone Scouts leader Tane Brathwaite.

Scouts leader Kathryn Sansom said the turnout had been excellent this year.

“Southlanders are tough and we always get people out there.”

The event had been held several times before but had not been a regular event, she said.

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