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Belfast International Airport to host Polar Plunge event in support of Special Olympics

  • Written by George Sensalis

On December 5th Belfast International airport will host the 2014 edition of the Polar Plunge challenge, a fundraising event in support of Special Olympics Ulster.


In little more than three weeks members of the PSNI Law Enforcement Torch Run will be teaming up with the management and staff at Belfast International Airport to take an icy plunge into freezing water in a bid to raise funds for Special Olympics Ulster.


Special Olympics Ulster is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability providing athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport. Through sport, Special Olympics athletes develop both physically and emotionally.


“Special Olympics Ulster supports over 2,000 athletes in Ulster, with year-round activities in 92 clubs across the region," Shaun Cassidy, regional director of Special Olympics Ulster said. “Our Polar Plunge event at Belfast International Airport is set to be a fun-filled day with plenty of familiar faces taking the challenge for Special Olympics, and a great way for local people to support our athletes all across the Ulster region."



The Polar Plunge event will take place right at the front of the Airport Terminal. Taking the idea of an ice-bucket challenge to the next level, a huge 12 x 20 feet plunge pool filled with 4,000 gallons of ice cold water awaits intrepid challengers. 


Mayor of Antrim, councillor Brian Graham, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable, Will Kerr, Naomi Morrison, constable, Belfast InternationalBelfast International Airport Airport Police and Belfast International Airport managing director, Graham Keddie are amongst the fearless bunch that have already signed up to take part in the daring event.


PSNI officers from the Law Enforcement Torch Run joined other daring plungers to take part to this year’s Polar Plunge challenge, which aims to raise thousands for Special Olympics athletes.


“We are proud to partner with the Law Enforcement Torch Run to host this exciting Polar Plunge event at Belfast International Airport," Belfast International Airport managing director, Graham Keddie said. "I am personally looking forward to taking the first plunge with Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr and members of our management team and encourage the public to join us and get involved in this great event for a very special cause.”


Free parking will be available at Belfast International Airport to people participating in the Polar Plunge event. For more information, photos of earlier Polar Plunges and to sign up to take part in the Special Olympics Ulster Polar Plunge at Belfast International Airport, visit


Reduced Mobility Rights supports the Polar Plunge Challenge 2014 raising funds in favour of Special Olympics Ulster. Please help support this good initiative by sharing this article with your friends.


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