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Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster

Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster

Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster

Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster

Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster, including the Belfast Trojans

Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster, including the Belfast Trojans

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Some of the plucky plungers at Belfast Marina in aid of Special Olympics Ulster

More than 100 plucky plungers got 'Freezin' for a Reason' in aid of Special Olympics Ulster.

Members of the Belfast Trojans American Football team and Cooke Women's Rugby Club were among those braving the icy Polar Plunge challenge at Belfast Marina on Saturday to raise funds for local athletes.

Supporters, athletes and families took the dive in fancy dress to bring a sense of festive spirit, as they were cheered on by Special Olympics athletes. Cooke Women's RFC tweeted later: "Great fun for a great cause, Special Olympics Ulster. Polar Plunge was chilly but we survived - tough Cookies."

And spare a thought for public relations officer Sinead Doyle: "I forgot my towel so had to improvise. Try drying yourself with toilet roll sometime."

Special Olympics Ulster provides sporting opportunities for 2,043 athletes with an intellectual disability in 84 clubs across the region.

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