St. Clair College Windsor Polar Plunge Extra Special To Some Participants

The third annual Windsor Polar Plunge in support of Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics took place at St. Clair College on Thursday & Saturday, February 2 & 4, 2017.

We shot these photos of those brrr-ave enough to be Freezin’ for a Reason during the second plunge on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Participant Laurie Makulski Harrison, founder of WE Put The WIN In Windsor, is a big supporter of local causes and dressed in her cowgirl costume took the plunge as tribute to her twin sister. “As a teenager, I grew up watching my twin sister participate in Special Olympics for over ten years. Attending these games taught me so much about compassion, empathy, and true displays of sportsmanship and instilled a love for Special Olympics that followed me throughout my adult life,” explains Harrison.

Like many who took the plunge freezing cold water didn’t stop participants from supporting this event. In fact, “the temperature of the water was indeed -1°C and a layer of ice, one inch thick in some spots, had to be removed before the plunge,” says Harrison.

The OLETR in partnership with St. Clair College Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Ontario athletes by gathering pledges and plunging into the icy waters for a cause.

Special Olympics Ontario provides individuals with an intellectual disability in communities across the province the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities. The organization has helped thousands of children and adults with intellectual disabilities become all they can be physically, socially and emotionally. Windsor-Essex has 120 athletes that compete in Special Olympics programs.

Update: Organizers of this event have announced this year’s event raised $54,000 for Special Olympics Ontario!

Photos: Windsor Polar Plunge 2017

St. Clair SRC Student Representative Council members exit pool during Polar Plunge 2017.

Polar Plunger dresses as super hero jumps into pool.

Polar Plunge participant jumps into icy water with a pool noodle.

Caesars Windsor employees participate in Polar Plunge.

Caesars Windsor's Chef Sergio Zevallos and friend take the Polar Plunge.

Polar Plunge participant dressed as Rock Star  makes a splash in icy pool.

Tom Wong, part of team TD Canada Trust, leaping through the air on his way into the Windsor Polar Plunge pool.

Windsor Police officer cold and wet after emerging from beneath Polar Plunge pool waters.

A pair of Town of Lasalle Police officers make a splash doing cannon balls into the Polar Plunge pool waters.

The Boom Boom Room makes a splash at the 2017 Polar Plunge.

Windsor Police Auxiliary members jump into pool.

Windsor Essex United Way members dressed in costume leaping into icy pool water.

See the complete Windsor Polar Plunge Photo Gallery on the Eyes On Windsor Facebook Page.