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GAA stars urge people to 'get freezin' for a reason' to back Special Olympics

Ciara Treacy

Published 20/11/2015 | 11:37

Dublin football champ Dean Rock,Dublin Ladies player Sinead Finnegan, former player Jason Sherlock, and Dublin football champ Denis Bastick have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December
Dublin football champ Dean Rock,Dublin Ladies player Sinead Finnegan, former player Jason Sherlock, and Dublin football champ Denis Bastick have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December

GAA stars have braved icy seas to encourage people to “Get freezin’ for a reason” for Special Olympics Ireland.

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The charity has teamed up with football stars to promote the event, which asks people to jump into freezing sea water in the icy polar plunge. The challenge is expected to attract several hundred plungers in eight locations.

The splash at Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin – to take place on December 12 – was launched by Dublin football champions Dean Rock and Denis Bastick, former player Jason Sherlock and Dublin Ladies All Star winner Sinead Finnegan.

“Ice-baths are common in our sport, but this event is a much better way to get ‘freezin’ for a reason,” said Special Olympics ambassador Jason Sherlock at the launch.

“I would encourage everyone to sign up today at specialolympics.ie/polarplunge and help raise funds for Ireland’s most inspiring athletes.”

The sports stars took an icy dip at the launch with Special Olympics gold-winner Keith Butler from Walkinstown, Co Dublin.

Dublin football champ Dean Rock, Denis Bastick,Dublin Ladies player Sinead Finnegan, former player Jason Sherlock, Dublin football champs Dean Rock, Denis Bastick, have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December
Dublin football champ Dean Rock, Denis Bastick,Dublin Ladies player Sinead Finnegan, former player Jason Sherlock, Dublin football champs Dean Rock, Denis Bastick, have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December

Fiona Hynes of Special Olympics Ireland said: “The plunge at Forty Foot is one of the most popular events and this will be our sixth year there. Last year we had about 300 people.”

Dublin Ladies player Sinead Finnegan, former player Jason Sherlock, Dublin football champs Dean Rock, Denis Bastick, have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December
Dublin Ladies player Sinead Finnegan, former player Jason Sherlock, Dublin football champs Dean Rock, Denis Bastick, have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland to call on people to get freezin’ for a reason this December

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