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People Taking Action: Polar Plunging great grandma!

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 18:08:27-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Anne Robertson is 83-years-old - a great grandma- but is full of life.

Here's the response you'll get when you ask her age: "I've celebrated the 54th anniversary of my 29th birthday!"

She's gearing up for her third Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Virginia.

"Well I think the Special Olympics is a special thing and once you've done it and seen them, you just have to go back again!" she said.

She seems to have a thing about swimming in frigid waters. She's the driving force behind a family tradition: Taking a quick dip in the Atlantic at the oceanfront on New Year's Day.

"Well it just seems like a fun thing to do!" she said.

Which explains her approach to her plunging style - she doesn't stop at the knees when she goes in.

"Heck no! Up to the neck. Well, I go under sometimes," Anne said.

For her dedication, News 3 presented her with a People Taking Action award along with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.

If you would like to donate to Anne's fundraising page benefitting the Special Olympics, click here.

And for an overall look at all the teams participating, click here.