Over 100 take the Vancouver Island polar plunge

Victoria Police Department members “freezin for a reason” at the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC on Sunday morning. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
Bowen Osoko and Genifer Thiessen are getting ready to spend a lot of time filming the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC from the water! (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
Plunge-takers getting psyched up for the big dive at the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC. (James MacKenzie/Black Press) Plunge-takers getting psyched up for the big dive at the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
Oak Bay mayor Kevin Murdock went for a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
MBdr Wes Riddell, MBdr Amanda Eriksen, Bdr Josh Stables, Bdr Keelan Hallinh, Bdr Alex Quinn, Pte Christina Daroux, Capt Peter Stocker from 5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment show their pride after the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC. (James MacKenzie/Black Press)
Staff sergeant Henry from Sooke RCMP was getting ready for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics BC. He ended up taking the win for best costume at the plunge! (James MacKenzie/Black Press)

Over 100 brave souls braved brisk B.C. waters at Oak Bay’s Willows Beach Sunday morning as part of the second annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

Special Olympics BC athletes and Greater Victoria police forces, fire departments, companies and members of the public were “freezin for a reason” – diving into the icy cold ocean to raise money for Special Olympics BC.

More than $25,000 was raised by the brave and bitterly cold swimmers.

“We were thrilled with the turnout of plungers and the community that came out to watch,” said Charlotte Taylor, Special Olympics BC manager of fund development. “We’re happy to see this event growing and getting bigger.”

Taylor said this year’s plunge raised about $5,000 more than the year prior.

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