Members of the public are being encouraged to brave the icy waters at Rosslare once again next month as the Polar Plunge makes a return to the strand.
Wexford hurling hero Rory O'Connor was delighted to join with Wexford Special Olympics Club athlete Jenna Carthy to officially launch this year's event which aims to raise some vital funds for Special Olympics Ireland. This year's event will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. and people are being encouraged to take the plunge and sign up now.
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 competition through sporting events and leagues like everyone else.
'Like Rory I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to train and compete in sport within my local community and have represented the county and province in Basketball at the Special Olympics Ireland Games last year,' said Jenna. 'Since September we are back in training for this year's season at Wexford Special Olympics Club and it's thanks to supporters of fundraising events like the Polar Plunge that I, like many other people with an intellectual disability, am able to progress and achieve my goals in sport.'
Busy on the club scene with St Martins at the moment, Rory O'Connor was delighted to take the time to support the cause and is ready to brave the cold himself next month.
'Sport is a core component to my daily life as it is to over 230 athletes with an intellectual disability in County Wexford and thousands of others across the southeast,' he said. 'I am delighted to be involved in such a great event in aid of Special Olympics Leinster and I'm looking forward to taking the plunge on December 7. I've been very lucky to meet many of the athletes from the local club in Wexford, including Jenna, their enthusiasm and dedication to their sports, the training they put in and the commitment it takes is a true inspiration.'
Also in attendance at the launch were event organisers from An Garda Síochána, Anne Marie Doyle, John Coughlan and Mick Lee and Rosslare Coastguard, Alan Duggan ~ and of course Bear Chills himself, the Polar Plunge official mascot.
Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie now. The cost of entry is €20 per plunger with all money going to support the athletes of Special Olympics Leinster.
The organisers also wished to thank An Garda Síochána, Wexford County Council, the RNLI, Coast Guard, Murphy's Centra Rosslare, Irish Water Safety and the Civil Defence for their ongoing support.