Plunge pair have had icy practice

HANNAH MCKEE
Last updated 10:12 01/08/2014
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ICY CHALLENGE: Josh Mort, 11, mother Katie, will be entering the polar plunge at Petone's Winter Carnival.

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Katie and Josh Mort will be among dozens of brave Wellingtonians kicking off their winter woollies to take a mid- winter dip at The Petone Winter Carnival tomorrow.

The mother and son from Lower Hutt have had a bit of practice recently.

"We have done the ice challenge together and the next is the Polar Plunge," Katie Mort says.

"We're trying to do some things together that are out of our comfort zone. I think my husband and two younger boys think we're crazy but we're loving it and are just finalising what we're going to dress up as for the plunge . . ."

Josh, 11, says when he heard his mum's idea to do the plunge he thought, "Yip, sweet!"

"This is the first time we are doing it and next year we want to do the mud run together."

Hutt City Council spokeswoman Emma McCleary says the plunge is a good way to "shake out of a winter funk" and raise money for Wesleyhaven in Naenae, Lower Hutt.

There will be safety measures in place such as lifeguards and first aid. "Make sure to take some warm clothes to change into and don't hang around in your wet clothes afterwards," she says.

Registrations for the Polar Plunge open at the carnival at midday, gold coin entry.

 

THE SCHEDULE

Midday: Carnival starts.

1pm: Polar Plunge.

6.30pm: Fire sculptures lit.

7.30: Fireworks.

All Day: Food and market stalls, performers, Petone Settlers Museum photobooth.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Road closures: The westbound lane of the Esplanade between Cuba and Victoria streets will be closed tomorrow from 7am-11pm. Diversions and speed restrictions will be signposted.

Transport: The Dominion Post Ferry will not stop at Petone Wharf because of the wharf closure on the day. From Wellington, catch the train to Petone Station or the 83 or 91 buses to Jackson St (a short walk to the foreshore). Dogs are not permitted at any time on Petone Beach during the event.

ATMs will be available.

Parking: On-street car parking is available in designated spaces. WelTec's car parks (Udy, Cuba and Elizabeth streets) will be available.

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