Newcastle Blessing of the Waters 2015: Ethan Talevski takes the honour

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Newcastle Blessing of the Waters 2015: A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers
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A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

A wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Monday. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Ethan Talevski is held aloft after claiming the honours during a wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Ethan Talevski is held aloft after claiming the honours during a wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Ethan Talevski is held aloft after claiming the honours during a wet Blessing of the Waters at Newcastle Ocean Baths. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookRAIN poured and wind blew, but itwas not enough to deter eight young men from making a splash in the Newcastle ocean bathson Monday afternoon.

Members of the Macedonian Orthodox Community gathered at the water’s edge under their umbrellas in trying conditions to watch the Blessing of the Waters ceremony.

The celebration is held annuallyto honour the Baptism of Jesus.

Participants take the plunge in the hope of retrievingablessed holy cross from the depths.

Onlookers watched as Priest Peco Petrovski threw the holy cross into the water.

Ethan Talevski, 12,was the lucky jumper who was first to find the cross and lifted it proudly onto the shoulders of his fellow jumpers.

‘‘I tried my hardest and hoped for the best’’, said a delighted Ethan.

‘‘It’s a wonderful feeling!’’

President of the community Chris Topevski said someone so young doesn’t often come out succesfully, making it an exciting achievement for Ethan’sfamily.

Mr Topevski said that even though there weren’t as many spectators as usual due to unfortunate weather, it was still a day everyone in the Macedonian community had been eagerly anticipating.