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AUSTRALIA-WINTER/SWIMMING
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July 25, 2016
Sydney, a city of sand, surf and bronzed lifesavers is less known for its fraternity of winter swimmers,...
Sydney, Australia
The Wider Image: Winter swimming down under
Sydney, a city of sand, surf and bronzed lifesavers is less known for its fraternity of winter swimmers, who brave the colder temperatures to dive, nearly naked, into the ocean rock pools scattered around the iconic coastline. Clubs like the Clovelly Eskimo's, Coogee Penguin's, Maroubra Seals and Coogee Huskies hug the eastern shoreline every Sunday morning with the common catch phrase 'fun and friendship'. Over 5,000 swimmers compete weekly, observing the 'no wet suits' rule. The water temperatures in Sydney drop to about 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) in August when it's more likely to be warmer in the water than out. Broad shoulders, tanned, healthy men and women depicts the image of Australian Olympic swimming legends but the pressures of sponsorship and body image is less important for the winter amateurs where beer bellies are not an uncommon sight. REUTERS/David Gray SEARCH "WINTER SWIMMING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text AUSTRALIA-WINTER/SWIMMING
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