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Splash! Charity fundraisers take polar plunge into Belfast's Lagan

Almost 20 fundraisers from Belfast and beyond took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December. Photos by Philip Magowan / PressEye.
Almost 20 fundraisers from Belfast and beyond took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December. Photos by Philip Magowan / PressEye.
Almost 20 fundraisers from Belfast and beyond took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. Returning to Belfast Marina, this annual fundraiser challenged the public to ‘get freezin’ for a reason’, in support of athletes with an intellectual disability. Funds raised by this year’s Polar Plunge will go towards the continuation of the Special Olympics programme, which currently sees more than 2,000 athletes training on a weekly basis in Special Olympics clubs across Ulster. Photos by Philip Magowan / PressEye.
Almost 20 fundraisers from Belfast and beyond took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. Returning to Belfast Marina, this annual fundraiser challenged the public to ‘get freezin’ for a reason’, in support of athletes with an intellectual disability. Funds raised by this year’s Polar Plunge will go towards the continuation of the Special Olympics programme, which currently sees more than 2,000 athletes training on a weekly basis in Special Olympics clubs across Ulster. Photos by Philip Magowan / PressEye.
Almost 20 fundraisers from Belfast and beyond took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. Returning to Belfast Marina, this annual fundraiser challenged the public to ‘get freezin’ for a reason’, in support of athletes with an intellectual disability. Funds raised by this year’s Polar Plunge will go towards the continuation of the Special Olympics programme, which currently sees more than 2,000 athletes training on a weekly basis in Special Olympics clubs across Ulster. Photos by Philip Magowan / PressEye.
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: The Polar bear along with T/Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs make their way to the Plunge. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: Kristopher from Premier Inn, and T/Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs, with his son. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: Kristopher from Premier Inn takes the plunge. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. PressEye
Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. PressEye
Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. PressEye
Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: T/Assistant Chief Constable Tim Mairs plunges along with Gummi, of the Icelandic Police. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: Lauren Penman of MCE Public Relations. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday 1 December, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes. PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: Frankie Dillon. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 01st December 2018 Pictured: Constable Dairmuid Sands, PSNI Omagh, Constable Abbott PSNI, and from Icelandic Police, Gummi. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Twenty brave fundraisers from Belfast and beyond embraced the December chill and took on the challenge to plunge into the River Lagan on Saturday, raising vital funds for local Special Olympics athletes.

Taking place at Belfast Marina, the freezing fundraiser challenged the public to ‘get freezin’ for a reason’ in support of athletes with an intellectual disability.

Participants and supporters were joined at the event by local athletes, who were on hand to meet, greet and chat about their experiences in the Special Olympics Programme.

Funds raised by this year’s Polar Plunge will go towards the continuation of the Special Olympics programme, which currently sees more than 2,000 athletes training on a weekly basis in clubs across Ulster.

Next year 19 Ulster athletes join the 91-strong Team Ireland squad to travel to the Special Olympics World Games, the highest level of sporting competition for Special Olympics athletes.

Regional director, Shaun Cassidy said: “I would like to thank everyone who turned out for this year’s Polar Plunge event and participated with such enthusiasm. The Polar Plunge is one of our favourite fundraising events and one that we look forward to every year, so it is fantastic to see that so many people are willing to participate and take the plunge.

“2019 will be an especially exciting year for Special Olympics Ulster, with preparations beginning for the upcoming World Games in March. Attendance at sporting events like the World Games simply would not be possible without the support of the public and for that we are truly grateful.”

Special Olympics Ulster is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability that gives athletes the chance to train in a chosen sport and improve their quality of life. The athletes’ families involved with the organisation build an invaluable network of friendship and support while athletes are given a platform to demonstrate courage, experience joy and share long lasting friendships.

To keep up to date with Special Olympics Ulster events and athletes, follow the organisation on Twitter, @SOIreland @SO_Ulster and on Facebook.

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