Blog Posts tagged with: Special Olympics Nova Scotia

Prize Alert

Prize winners - best costumes

Winners, winners, winners!

Bailee Mason, Special Olympics athlete,  has officially picked the best costume awards for the 2019 #Halifax #PolarPlunge. To see all the fun costumes, head over to our gallery page.

Congratulations go to:

1st place – Leighanne Porter-Salvaterra, Special Olympics Nova Scotia athlete

2nd place – Deputy Chief Robin McNeil, Halifax Regional Police

3rd place – Sgt Ken Burton Halifax Regional Police

Prize winners - best costumes

Jessica Stewart wins Gold in Swimming

We say #FreezinForAReason a lot around here.
But what does that mean?

It means your donations help amazing Special Olympics athletes who trained so hard that 6 Nova Scotia athletes flew off earlier this month to compete in Abu Dhabi at the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event – the Special Olympics World Games.

“People with special needs, no matter who they are, can show their talents.”

Jessica Stewart wins Gold in Swimming
Jessica Stewart, Lantz, Nova Scotia, wins Gold in Abu Dhabi at the World Games

Listen to Jessica Stewart from Lantz, NS describe her first ever airplane trip. She represented Nova Scotia in swimming, winning GOLD in Abu Dhabi!

Donations are still be accepted at  until March 31st. Please help us reach our goal – the athletes are cheering you on!


To learn more about how Special Olympics uses sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education to fight inactivity, injustice and intolerance  – click here.


Polar Plunge 2019 Press Release

Local Law Enforcement and citizens come together for Freezin’ for a Reason, a Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Nova Scotia

Members of the Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run (NS LETR) have created the coolest event in Halifax. The LETR Polar Plunge, now in its third year, the Plunge has already proven across North America as an exciting and unique way to raise money for Special Olympics.

The Halifax Polar Plunge will be held in Grand Parade in Halifax on Saturday, March 23rd, at 12:00 noon. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on Police; Local Firefighters, Search and Rescue, local businesses, citizens and Special Olympics athletes as they race to the finish from a 25ft high slide into an icy pool of water.

Special Olympics NS offers grassroots programs across the province. These quality sport programs enhance and change the lives of our athletes through increased fitness, healthier lifestyles and by building self-confidence. Funds raised truly make a difference and provide the foundation for athletes to train and compete locally and on a pathway that can lead all the way to World Games! We have 6 athletes returning home from Abu Dhabi today as proof that you and the LETR can help dreams come true!

“The LETR is a proud partner of Special Olympics internationally and locally. Last year we raised over $20,000 to help over 100 members to Team Nova Scotia compete at the 2018 National Summer Games in Antigonish” says LETR Event Chair and HRP Sgt Kim Robinson. “On Saturday we hope to meet or exceed our efforts from last year to allow all athletes in Nova Scotia compete, train and succeed in their chosen sport,” says Robinson

The forecast is looking like a great day for a Plunge.  Registration is still open, and interested plungers can register up to, and including, plunge day on March 23rd by coming directly to Parade Square at 10:00 am. Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the plunge and cheer them on.  Chief JM Blais, Halifax Regional Police, will lead the Brave plungers as the first plunger at 12 noon. YouTube influencer, and Fortnite Pro, Nicholas Amyoony (Nick Eh 30) will also be on hand to share the experience to his 4.2M subscribers.  To learn more on the plunge visit the website at


The Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run wants to increase awareness of Special Olympics while raising financial contributions through a variety of fundraisers. Our Law Enforcement team includes representatives from Municipal Police, RCMP, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; we also work closely with Special Olympics Nova Scotia.

For more information:

John MacDonald Special Olympics NS  902-402-8257

Sgt. Kim Robinson, LETR Polar Plunge Chair 902-222-4668

Win Corey Hart Concert Tickets

Corey Heart Draw

Do you wear your sunglasses at night?

Corey Heart DrawWho Remembers this Heart Throb?? Well we have just scored two lower bowl tickets to see him in Halifax.  All you have to do is make a $25 donation to our #PolarPlunge to be entered.  Just click the link above and donate away!  Help us support Special Olympics athletes. Donate. Plunge. Cheer.

Every $25 donation to the Halifax Polar Plunge gives you a ballot into the concert tickets draw. Want extra ballots? Donate $50 = 2 ballots, $75 = 3 ballots…

Pick a BRRRave Plunger today for your chance to win big!

NSLETR Polar Plunge returns March 23rd

The ever popular Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Nova Scotia  returns on March 23rd, 2019.


Join us at Parade Square in Halifax for a new slide pool, more great prizes and costumes sure to delight.  Registration will be open soon, but for now….mark March 23rd on your calendars. Plan to be a part of the nation’s largest growing Polar Plunge with your local LETR for a great charity – Special Olympics. #freezinforareason

But Why? Polar Plunge Reflection

Polar Plunge

When 80 people dress up is some of the most imaginable outfits possible and queue up to jump in a large container filled with ice water on a day where the thermometer is reading -20, you can’t help but ask yourself WHY?


WHY would someone choose to expose themselves to such great discomfort?  The elements are one thing, the aftershock of hitting that water and then climbing out onto a ladder and exiting the pool as you run 500 feet to change into something warm, is another.



And that reason is the over 1700 Special Olympics athletes in Nova Scotia that are enrolled in Special Olympics programs.  You see for the athletes, and their families, Special Olympics is not just sport.  It is the one constant they know will always be present in an uncertain world.  A constant where you can relate to peers and your child is accepted unconditionally.  Where you can relax and feel at ease in all conditions.

This year the Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Torch Run (NSLETR) wanted to do something to help further the efforts of Special Olympics in Nova Scotia.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the NSLETR Zone 1 members and local support, on March 4th 2017 we executed the 1st Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Nova Scotia. With just over 80 plungers, we raised over $20,000 for Special Olympics Nova Scotia, Special Olympics Dartmouth, and Special Olympics Halifax.

Special thanks to each and every plunger who helped us make this day a success.  If you have a chance to see an athlete compete, excel, achieve, or just smile…know you are the reason WHY.

Thanks to:

LETR members – Kim Robinson, Robin McNeil, Nastasha Dantiste, Stacey Opalka, Kevin Tulk, Dan Barrigan and volunteers Michelle Kempton and Anne Marie Shannon for their hard work organizing the event.

Special thanks to Mayor Savage, Chief JM Blais, and Superintendent  Lee Bergerman as well as the great team of volunteers from On-Pointe Volunteers.

Proudly Sponsored by Aim Recycling, Tim Hortons, Halifax Water and HRP.


We hope to see you all next year.