Above, to the delight of their students, St Peter's and St Paul's Educational Assistant Tammy Keill (left) and Principal Daniel Pitre took the plunge dressed as the ever-popular minions.
by South Grey News staff
A total of $8,000 was raised in this year’s Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Ontario. West Grey Police Services hosted the second annual event and Police Constable Cory Trainor said there was again a great response from the community. “Money is raised from registration, people have gone to local businesses and members of their families and everybody’s kind of chipped in,” said Trainor.
Funds raised go to support Special Olympics Ontario athletes, affording them opportunities to compete in provincial, national and international competition, said Trainor. “In 2019 our Special athletes, the best of the best, are going to Abu Dhabi to compete,” he said, adding that funds help with travel as well as other expenses. The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games are being held March 14 to 21 in the United Arab Emirates capital.
The 2018 Polar Plunge was held at St Peter's and St Paul's Separate School in Durham with over 20 jumpers taking the leap into the icy waters including members of West Grey Police Service, school staff, personal support workers, councillors and community members.
The “pool” was a water basin provided by the West Grey Fire Department. “Our local firefighters have a big water basin they use on fire scenes to fill their trucks and they’ve donated that to us today,” said Trainor.
The day’s events also included opening ceremonies, a torch run, and sporting demonstrations with athletes playing hockey and basketball with students and staff. Not to mention Trainor being one of the lucky recipients of a pie to the face. “I guess I won the competition,” said Trainor, explaining the students paid 50 cents per vote to decide between St Peter’s and St Paul’s Principal Daniel Pitre, four teachers and the Police Constable.
“The kids voted that I should be the one… I heard my Chief had something to do with that,” Trainor joked.
Local athletes with Special Olympics Ontario at the West Grey Police Services Polar Plunge with Chief of Police Robert Martin holding the Olympic torch, mascot Plungey; and Police Constable Cory Trainor. The event raised $8,000 for Special Olympics Ontario.
West Grey Chief of Police Robert Martin was one of the first to dive in to the cold waters March 9.
Polar Plunge mascot Plungey fittingly took a leap into the water.
Students at St Peter's and St Paul's Separate School cheered on the competitors in a basketball game held in the school gym before the Polar Plunge hosted by the West Grey Police Service.
Teachers, police officers, students and special athletes took part in a hockey game before the second annual Polar Plunge March 9.
Following students voting for the “lucky” winner at 50 cents a vote, West Grey Police Constable Cory Trainor took a pie in the face from Larry McIntyre March 9.
West Grey Councillor Rebecca Herbert took the plunge into the icy waters alongside Debbie Wiseman March 9.
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