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Kenora OPP hosts Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics at Anicinabe Park
The Polar Plunge, where jumpers raise money in support of Special Olympics Ontario, was organized and hosted by the Kenora detachment OPP as part of the Kenora Winter Carnival community day events on Saturday,
Once everyone was gathered around the perimeter of the one by two metre rectangular hole cut out of the ice, participants waited for their name to be called and jumped in.
Jason Canfield’s strategy, along with three of his friends, was to get the plunge over with by going first. “I knew I’d be out quickly, because I’ve gone in a few times before,” he said. “It was nerve-wracking leading up to it.”
But because the young son of one of the other jumpers missed seeing his dad go into the icy water, all four were game for going in a second time.
One of the Special Olympics Kenora coordinators, Gary Socholotuk, took a flying leap into the lake, and the thought that went through his mind was that he maybe was a little bit crazy.”
“This might be really cold, but it was for a good cause,” he said afterwards with a towel wrapped around his shoulders.
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