How I dared to bare it (nearly) all as a Sharks girl

2009-09-05 00:00

I NEVER thought the first time I wore a bikini would be in front of thousands of cheering rugby fans.

As I stood in the tunnel waiting to face the crowd, my heart pounded. I pulled the Shark flasher cape around me even though my blood pressure had just shot up.

Was I insane? Was there still time to pull out of the dare? These thoughts ran through my mind just before I was to pull off the craziest thing I had ever done.

When I heard my name, I knew that there was no turning back. I repeated to myself over and over: “Sharlene, you are doing this for charity.”

As I stepped out of the tunnel, the crowd roared; all I could hear were whistles and clapping.

Nervously, I mustered a huge smile and gave the crowd a tiny flash of my bright yellow bikini.

People stood up, cheering and clapping. Did they also think I was insane, I wondered.

Barefoot, I started my walk around the perimeter of the field; the gusty wind did not help my hair and, more importantly, the cape to stay put.

The more I walked, the braver I became. I flashed people even more than I should have. My adrenaline was pumping — this was not so bad after all.

During the first minute of the walk, I waved and blew kisses to the crowd. The women applauded while the guys shouted “Take it off!”

As I reached the first corner of Absa Stadium, I saw a man painted in black and white run towards me.

I thought that he was going to join me for the rest of the walk — man, was I wrong!

The guy was Player 23 and he wanted to strip me of my black cape. I managed to fight him off before running away. Shoo, that was close.

I continued walking and waving to people in the stands, urging them to vote for me.

A lady caught my eye and I grabbed some skin and shouted, “I’m a real woman, see I have love handles, and please vote for me.”

When I reached the tunnel, people were still clapping. I couldn’t believe that I had just flashed thousands of people, in a bikini noga l.

Doing the dare has been the most liberating experience; I proved that I could do anything I believed in.

I will probably never wear the bikini again, but it will always remind me of my crazy youth and gives me a great tale to tell my grandchildren.

People stood up, cheering and clapping. Did they also think I was insane, I wondered.

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