Swim-celebration for International Women’s Day

Women across the world celebrated International Women’s Day yesterday and the swimming community responded by plunging into cool water together.

Up and down the UK, women gathered on beaches, riverbanks and lakesides.

In Edinburgh, more than 300 women ran into the North Sea together off Portobello beach and raised over £2,000 for Edinburgh Women’s Aid.

Author and Photographer Anna Deacon organised the event with body positivity ambassador Danni Gordon.

Anna also connected with the Outdoor Swimming Society to encourage more women to organise swims in solidarity.

Down in Brighton, Contributing Editor Ella Foote joined over 60 Seabirds for their Wonder Woman themed swim.

Swimmers wore capes, costumes and wild happy faces as they leapt and jumped through the waves off Brighton beach, raising money and awareness for the Survivors Network.

Nicola Spear organised a sunrise swim with the Barrybados Bathers in Barry, South Wales, “it was tidy!” exclaimed the group.

The St Ives swimmers posed with their #titstothewind down in Cornwall and the Margate Mermaids raised money for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service with their swim at Walpole Bay Tidal Pool.

Around 60 different groups in total registered to swim together as a result of Anna’s ambitions.

Photo (c) Ella Foote

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