Wex­ford peo­ple be­ing urged to get ‘Freezin for a Rea­son’

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SPECIAL Olympics Ire­land is call­ing on Wex­ford to get ‘Freezin for a Rea­son’ this De­cem­ber to raise funds for lo­cal ath­letes with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

Po­lar Plunge re­turns to Ross­lare Strand at mid­day on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9.

Fam­i­lies, sports clubs, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als are be­ing in­vited to brave the icy wa­ters at Ross­lare, where lo­cal ath­letes will be on hand to meet, greet and chat about their ex­pe­ri­ences be­ing part of Special Olympics. ‘Po­lar Plunge is about cold wa­ter and a warm at­mos­phere,’ said Re­gional Fundrais­ing Co­or­di­na­tor Louise Duffy.

‘Po­lar Plunges are an­nual events for Special Olympics and we are hop­ing to make the one in Wex­ford a flag­ship event. It has proved hugely pop­u­lar in bring­ing peo­ple to­gether for a great cause and kicks off the festive sea­son,’ she said.

‘It’s a mas­sive year for us. Hun­dreds of ath­letes will be at tak­ing part in the Ire­land Games next June and hun­dreds more train ev­ery week lo­cally. The Games only hap­pen once ev­ery four years and for many is the pin­na­cle of their sport­ing achieve­ment. The fact that they can share it with team­mates from the same re­gion as them makes it even more special, but it doesn’t hap­pen with­out pub­lic sup­port.’

The Law En­force­ment Torch Run, run in par­al­lel with the plunge, is at the heart of Po­lar Plunge and lo­cal Gar­daí were once again on hand to launch this year’s event. Wex­ford Garda An­nemarie Doyle joined Michael Ni­cholas (Sta­tion Me­chanic), Keith Mor­ris (Deputy Me­chanic and Crew Mem­ber) and David McCusker (Crew Mem­ber and Po­lar Bear) of RNLI Ross­lare Har­bour Lifeboat Sta­tion in launch­ing the 2017 fundraiser. Shan­non O’Far­rell Mol­loy of Foulkesmills and Wex­ford SOC was the ath­lete am­bas­sador at the launch. Shan­non will be com­pet­ing in the 15m Kick­board Swim at Special Olympics Ire­land Games 2018. Those who think they are brave enough to take the Po­lar Plunge can reg­is­ter at www.spe­cialolympics.ie/po­larplunge. Regis­tra­tion costs just €15 with plungers asked to raise an additional €35.

At the launch of the 2017 Special Olympics Po­lar Plunge in Ross­lare (from left): Garda Anne Marie Doyle, Michael Ni­cholas (RNLI), Special Olympics ath­lete Shan­non O’Far­rell (Foulksmills), David McCusker/Po­lar Bear (RNLI) and Keith Mor­ris (RNLI).

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