Angela’s charity plunge makes world-wide waves

A Ballymena stalwart of the renowned New Year’s Day Swim at Carnlough is making waves across the globe after being pictured literally throwing herself into the charity event in super hero-style.

Friday, 2nd January 2015, 11:11 am
Angela McClemments was the star turn as always at the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day charity swim at Carnlough Harbour. This year she and her daughter Megan wore Superman costumes. INBT 02-110JC

A photo of Angela McClements diving into the icy waters of the village harbour in fancy dress, has featured in articles in newspapers around the world and has even made it to website of The Japan Times where it can be viewed at

The 54-year-old swimming instructor from Ballymena has been taking the icy plunge on January 1 in aid of Spina Bifida for 25 years.

Speaking about this year’s event she said: “I love it and it is the highlight of my year.

“I do this for the charity because I don’t think enough is done for Spina Bifida. The water was very cold but you don’t mind doing it.

“If I didn’t enjoy it I wouldn’t do it. Everyone should try it at least once.”