Wednesday 29 January 2020

Polar plungers power through Storm Atiyah

Eileen Rowe, Gaye Hayes and Bridget Ryan
Eileen Rowe, Gaye Hayes and Bridget Ryan

Simon Bourke

Brave, hardy souls from across the county and beyond have taken to the seas to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland

Ignoring the worst Storm Atiyah could throw at them, the determined souls took the Polar Plunge at Rosslare Strand on Saturday morning, the presence of Santa and official event mascot, Bear Chills, providing swimmers and paddlers alike with the extra encouragement they needed.

Over the last years of the Rosslare Polar Plunge, the event has raised just over €27,000, a figure only made possible by the volunteer work of all those involved.

Helping to warm the souls of those emerging from the seas were the Castlebridge Choir. Their presence, combined with the hot drinks and snacks provided by sponsors Centra Rosslare, ensured everyone was swiftly warmed up.

Praising the swimmers for their bravery, a member of the choir said, 'We were delighted to perform for the Annual Rosslare Polar Plunge in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.

'A huge thank you to them for the invitation, a fantastic morning was had by all. It's an amazing cause and well done to those who completed the plunge and braved the icy conditions.'

Through community based clubs like those in Wexford, New Ross, Enniscorthy and Gorey, Special Olympics continuously strives to provide opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to participate in sports and access competitions through sporting events and leagues like everyone else.

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