Hundreds of people took part in the 39th annual Delta Polar Bear Swim on Jan.1, 2019 at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. (James Smith photo)

PHOTOS: Hundreds take the plunge at Delta Polar Bear Swim

Around 400 people rang in the new year with a brisk swim in Boundary Bay

Hundreds of brave souls hit the frigid waters of Boundary Bay on New Year’s Day as part of Delta’s 39th annual Polar Bear Swim.

Around 400 people took the plunge on that sunny Tuesday afternoon, many wearing bright costumes or sporting festive accessories, while hundreds more cheered them on from the relative comfort of shore.

Swimmers dashed from the beach hoping to be the first to ring the bell on a buoy in the water, and the top three finishers — Harlan Theaker, Jared Soll and Tyler McLeod — each received a trophy and a prize for their efforts.

As well, prizes were handed out for the oldest swimmer and the participant from furthest away. Seventy-four-year-old Ladner resident Robert Dumancic was this year’s most senior swimmer, while Mishke Reux of South Africa (now Ladner) took home the prize for having travelled the farthest. There were also two swimmers who came all the way from Columbia and another from New Brunswick.

Photos below by James Smith



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

First place winner Harlan Theaker picks up his trophy and prize at the 39th annual Delta Polar Bear Swim on Jan.1, 2019 at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. (James Smith photo)

(from left) Second place winner Jared Soll, first place winner Harlan Theaker and third place winner Tyler McLeod at the 39th annual Delta Polar Bear Swim on Jan.1, 2019 at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. (James Smith photo)

Robert Dumancic, 74, of Ladner got the trophy for oldest swimmer at the 39th annual Delta Polar Bear Swim on Jan.1, 2019 at Centennial Beach in Boundary Bay Regional Park. (James Smith photo)

Just Posted

MADD Canada’s anti-impaired driving campaign coming to Surrey school

The ‘hard-hitting’ program is descending on schools across the country

Four teams left standing in fight for Surrey RCMP Classic basketball championship

School squads in all-Surrey tourney prep for Friday semifinals at Enver Creek gym

South Surrey woman mastering the stuff that matters

KonMari method, developed in Japan, draws on heart connection

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Former welfare clients still owed money, B.C. Ombudsperson says

Investigation found 2,600 people docked illegally for earning income

Prince George could get province’s second BC Cannabis Store

The first brick-and-mortar government retail location opened in Kamloops on Oct. 17

B.C. chowdery caught up in ‘rat-in-soup’ scandal to close

Crab Park Chowdery will be shutting down Jan. 20

Caribou herd disappears from Kootenays after last cow relocated

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Vancouver councillors unanimously approve motion declaring climate emergency

Vancouver joins cities like Los Angeles and London

B.C. mayor criticizes school trustees ahead of paid trip to China

Brad West believes trip is unethical, and points to added safety concerns as relations grow tense

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

5 to start your day

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages, more trouble for Chilliwack man infamous for Stanley Cup riot assault on Good Samaritan and more

Most Read