2018 North Bay Polar Plunge

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2018 Results

$17,000 Raised

45 Plungers

2018 Fundraising Totals


Amount Raised:



2014: 150 Plungers, $50,000  Raised
2016: 70 Plungers, $22,000  Raised
2017: 75 Plungers, $20,000 Raised
2018: 45 Plungers, $17,000 Raised

Over $109,000 Raised since 2014 for Special Olympics!


Splish, Splash, I was taking a… leap into four degree water


It takes a special person to willingly jump in four-degree water in the dead of winter.

On Saturday over 40 people jumped into the frigid water of Lake Nipissing, for the North Bay Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ontario.

The oldest jumper, Gerald Potvin, turned 86 on the 29th of March. He was among the first to take the plunge. He has participated in at least 20 polar bear plunges in his lifetime. This is his first one in North Bay.

“I haven’t done this in quite a few years. I moved here 13 years ago, and I made a decision to become more involved with these Special Olympians. Everybody needs to heighten their sensitivity to people who face challenges every day,” said Potvin, who dedicated his jump to his son David.

“He was a Special Olympian before they had a name for it. He went to a special school in Windsor. He’s a strong man. He once lifted a 300-pound log and ran it 400 feet. He’s absolutely one of the reasons why I’m doing this.”

Special Olympics provides children and adults with intellectual disabilities, opportunities to participate in sports, where they develop self-esteem, and friendships that last a lifetime.

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