62°N President takes part in eighth annual Polar Plunge

For the eighth year in a row, 62°N president Matt Vincent took part in Yellowknife’s famous Polar Plunge. The event helps raise funds and awareness for the NWT Special Olympics. Following is a Yellowknifer article covering the event.

Polar plunge for Special Olympics

62 Degrees North president Matt Vincent participates in Yellowknife's Polar Plunge for Special OlympicsMore than $9,000 was raised for NWT Special Olympics on Saturday at the eighth annual Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge at Fred Henne Territorial Park boat launch on Long Lake.

Thirty-four participants, representing 10 teams, took the plunge on a gorgeous spring afternoon. Officials say that this was one of the mildest days the plunge has ever been held with the only visible patch of ice a few hundred metres from store.

That’s not the say, however, that the water was not ice cold. Most plungers went straight in and straight back out again but a couple of teams, including Arctic Energy Alliance, took up the challenge and hung in for more than a minute.

The event was organized, in part, by the Law Enforcement Tortch Run which also hosts the annual Hercules Pull, which sees a cargo plane towed down a runway by enthusiastic fundraisers, also in aid of NWT Special Olympics.

by John McFadden