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The 81-year-old swimmer with a new lease on life

After going under the surgeon’s knife, octogenarian Pat Owens is returning to the waves for another crack at the national ocean swim series.

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After going under the surgeon’s knife, octogenarian Pat Owens is returning to the waves for another crack at the national ocean swim series.
Pat Owens started as a competitive swimmer at the youthful age of 58.
At 70, she switched from the pool to the sea. And now at 81, Owens is a star of the New Zealand ocean swimming scene.
She will almost certainly be the oldest woman lining up in the upcoming Swim the Shore event, the opening leg of the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series where shell…

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