Mum tackles harbour crossing
Swimming 2.9km across Auckland Harbour is all in a morning's work for Remuera supermum Kirsty Barclay.
She was one of a record 1500 people who took the plunge on Sunday.
It was the first ocean swim for the mother-of-four and she was delighted to cross the finish line.
"I was totally over the moon and absolutely ecstatic that I actually managed to finish it."
She is glad the swim went ahead despite rough seas and high winds in Auckland on Sunday.
"I almost chickened out at the start but I had my children coming so I didn't want to let them down."
Despite the rough conditions, Mrs Barclay took the time to savour the experience.
"I stopped in the middle and did a 360, looking around at the Sky Tower and harbour bridge.
"I wanted to look at the view and it was amazing to be able to do that."
She's spent years watching her sons play sport and appreciated them being there to watch her cross the finish line.
"I had to think to myself ‘just get your head down and keep going' one buoy at a time.
"As I got closer to the finish, there was everyone cheering and you could hear it as you swam."
State NZ Harbour Swim event director Scott Rice says the turnout was excellent with numbers well up on previous years.
He applauds all 1500 athletes who swam in conditions which were almost bad enough to cancel the event.
Annabelle Paterson of Meadowbank won the female 0-14 age group; Samantha Schubert from Kohimarama won the female 20-24 age group and Sven Hansen of Mission Bay won the male 50-54 age group.
The harbour crossing was the second of six events in the State NZ Ocean Swim Series which finishes on April 6 with a swim on Auckland's North Shore.
East And Bays Courier