Salties soak up winter solstice

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Yesterday marked the 2017 winter solstice, and even on the shortest day of the year the group of men and women that make up the Southern Salties hit the water at Middleton beach to watch the sunrise.

The roughly 10 regular swimmers from all different strands of life start to appear at the beach from 6am to 7.30am for their morning dip, every single day of the year.

One of the eager swimmers, Georgie Walker, has been taking to the water for 13 years and said the dedicated group would be there rain, hail or shine.

“Even after the shark attack some years ago, it didn’t deter us and we just used to swim parallel to the shore as close as possible,” she said.

“We draw the line sometimes at thunder, lightning and dangerous rips.”

Admittedly addicted, Mrs Walker said besides starting the day the right way, the group gave her a sense of camaraderie and welcomed anyone.

“Some people have gone through life struggles like relationship break- ups or cancer, and having the emotional support of the group is fantastic,” she said. “The swimming and the coffee has drawn us together and we share a lot.”

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