Ski enthusiasts risk icy plunge

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Ski enthusiasts risk icy plunge

WENTWORTH - Bruce Treby had so much fun gliding across the ice-cold water here Sunday he decided to try it again.
Unfortunately, the 22-year-old New Glasgow native wasn't as lucky on his second attempt.
"It was chilly," he said moments after climbing out of the frigid waters. "Cold at first but after a few minutes it was not too shabby."
The snowboarder was one of 35 people, some as young as seven, to take part in aquaneige, a crowd-pleasing event where skiers and snowboarders try to navigate across a 100-foot long pool of ice water.
Some were lucky and made it through easily, others took a dip in the drink.
Ski Wentworth general manager Leslie Wilson said the event has been a tradition for at least a decade.
"It's always a lot of fun for all the brave souls who are willing to plunge themselves into the water," she said.
The event is always held on the third week of March. Staff spent about six hours on Saturday preparing the pool and worked hard Sunday filling it.
Wilson said there were no injuries and added the participants were all very skilled athletes.
"If you're going to do this, you want to know what you're doing," she said.
The hill will be closing on March 30 after one of its busiest seasons, thanks to an early start, in a number of years.
Awards were handed out to some of the competitors including Amy Chandler (first girl skier to finish), seven-year-old Matthew Stevens (youngest competitor), Bruce Treby (first snowboarder to finish), Christian Hart (first male skier to finish) and Adam Tattrie (first to finish).

The following is the list of participants in Ski Wentworth's annual Aquaneige:

Aaron Rushton
Georgina Neatby
Amy Chandler
Emma-Jean Stevens
Matthew Stevens
Nick Stevens
Lincoln Watson
Cheney McWaters
Jeffrey Harrington
Bruce Treby
Cory MacCallum
Ryan Parker
Matt Less
Alex Watters
Jacob Sutton
Rebecca Sutton
Madina Sutton
Christian Hart
Andrew Keddy
Connor Leet
Emily Leet
Hannah Moore
Michelle Verge
Emily Brown
Lindsay Blake
Owen Canton
Michael Eisener
Eric Mullaley
Adam Tattrie
Liam Moffatt
Anne Gilbert
Emmett Blois
Michael Blois
Kevin Duguay
Rob Blake

Organizations: Owen Canton

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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