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Polar Plunge becomes a family affair
Published: February 5, 2017 by Steph Crosier
KINGSTON – Back for another year in the frigid waters of Lake Ontario for the 2017 Polar Plunge, this time I brought my dear ol’ Dad with me.
My Dad, Brian Crosier, said he wasn’t nervous when he, my mom and niece picked me up Sunday morning. He was wearing jeans, so I chirped him about having to put denim on with freezing, wet legs. He simply said he was stylin’. It was when we walked up the back stairs of the Confederation Place Hotel that I could tell he was singing a different tune.
“I wasn’t nervous till we got there and signed in,” he said after the plunge.
On Sunday morning more than 80 wannabe polar bears plunged into Lake Ontario at Crawford Wharf to raise funds for Special Olympics Ontario. The event raised nearly $43,000. While my Dad and I managed to scrounge up a measly $410, The Professionals, a team of 16 plungers, raised more than $26,000. The RMC hockey team came in second, raising about $3,500.
The top individual fundraisers online were Timothy Agapas with $7,100 and Tom Holmes with $6,400, both of The Professionals.
Walking into the loud, anxious atmosphere of the plungers’ gathering area, Dad got a bit quieter, face a little more serious but still nervously smiled and greeted people. Greeting people and blaming me for bringing him there.
He may stick to that story, but I’m sticking to mine. As much as I love the cause and I know how important it is, I thought I had gotten out of jumping into that freezing water again.
Around the beginning of January I did remind Dad of the annual plunge and that he had mentioned in 2016 that he may be interested in doing it. He didn’t seem too excited, so I figured — half-hoped — he had chickened out.
But then last Thursday at around 9 p.m. Dad and Mom Facetimed me to check in. When the conversation lagged, suddenly Dad jumped in and asked if we were doing the Polar Plunge. Talk about procrastinating (this is where I must get the quality), it was two days till the event. I said I would do it if he wanted to do it.
“Oh, well, I’ll do it if you want to do it,” he said. “But if you don’t want to do it then it’s OK, I guess.”
I guess?! I guess?! Talk about a classic Crosier guilt trip. I guess we’re doing this thing.
Standing on the wharf under our house coats, I was wearing my Canadian Olympic tank top and Dad was wearing his Vancouver Olympics ‘Believe’ long-sleeve. While I had gone with crazy pants in the past, we decided to go more patriotic. It was for Special Olympics Ontario after all.
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