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Michael Bonhert560Michael Bohnert takes the plunge during the Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club’s 2017 Polar Bear Dip.

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It's that time of year when the brave and fearless athletes of Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club (SSLC) take the plunge and jump into the frigid waters of Lake Huron as part of their sixth annual Polar Bear Dip.

The Family Day event takes place on Monday, February 19, kicking off at 10 a.m. at the harbour next to the Port Elgin Main Beach.

Organizer, SSLC Coach and Saugeen Shores Pool Coordinator Michael Hundt said it will be the club's senior and comp squad athletes that will be participating. “So any of our athletes who have their bronze medallion and are 13 years of age or older are able to participate with the seniors as well,” he said. “A number of them really didn't like the idea that they had to sit and watch last year so I have a feeling they will want to participate this year.”

When a if he himself would be again be taking a leap into the icy waters, Hundt replied, “We'll find out. I'm going to leave it as a surprise for everyone. Maybe I can retire now, I don't know.”

The fundraising event raises money for the club to help with needed equipment. “Our stuff can get quite pricey and so that's where that money goes, to help upgrade equipment and make sure [the swimmers are] ready for competition,” explained Hundt. “We have a couple young ones who are already looking at 2020 and seeing if they can't make the national team so we're going to try and help them get there,” he added.

Hundt said that in previous years they have raised between $3,000 and $5,000 and that the SSLC athletes are currently soliciting sponsors for the event. “We've always had tremendous support from the community so we always really, really appreciate that,” he said.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the Centennial Pool directly at 519-832-2627.

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