Belleek girl Dineka Maguire battled the muddy waters and a strong competition field to compete at the 2013 Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships on Sunday.
Up to her neck in mud yesterday Dineka took on the bog again, this time at Peatlands Park, Dungannon. The aim is to swim two 60 yard long bog drains and the Portora student once again put in a strong performance. She lost to Queens University Belfast student Deirdre Duggan from Mullingar in the ladies section, but remains reigning junior and world champion with a time of 1 minute 26.97 seconds for the course.
Although it might sound like a joke the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships is becoming a serious attraction as hundreds of people turned up the County Tyrone venue on Sunday. The contest- now in its ninth year- involves completing two lengths of a 60 yard bog drain wearing a snorkel and flippers.
Moving on from Sunday’s disappointment Dineka will be out to defend her world title on Sunday August 25 at the 28th World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.
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