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Hip, hip hooray for hardy sea swimmers: Menopausal Mermaids founder Nicole on the health and social benefits of an invigorating dip

Swimming is free and on your doorstep. It can make you feel invincible. It should be on prescription

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Nicole Morelli who helped formed the Menopausal Mermaids sea swimming group. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

Nicole Morelli who helped formed the Menopausal Mermaids sea swimming group. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

Nicole Morelli and the Menopausal Mermaid

Nicole Morelli and the Menopausal Mermaid

Nicole Morelli with daughter Lucia. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

Nicole Morelli with daughter Lucia. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

The Menopausal Mermaids sea swimming group. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

The Menopausal Mermaids sea swimming group. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

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Nicole Morelli who helped formed the Menopausal Mermaids sea swimming group. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life

Taking the plunge into the sea at this time of year may not be everyone's idea of fun, but for one Portstewart mum trying to get back to fitness, this was just the tonic.

Fifty-year-old Nicole Morelli, who works at the well-known Morelli's-To-Go ice-cream parlour in the seaside town, started to factor in daily swimming after experiencing health issues with a hip replacement and osteoarthritis in 2018.

Since then, a hardy bunch of swimmers, which began with just Nicole and her friend, became the Menopausal Mermaids Sea Swimming group with over 80 WhatsApp members and 200 Facebook members.


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