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Sports champs in chilly charity challenge

IRELAND rugby great David Wallace and Dublin ladies football captain Sinead Goldrick took an icy plunge at the Forty Foot yesterday.

Both are used to leading by example on the pitch, and want others to follow their lead and raise funds for the Special Olympics.

They took the Polar Plunge ahead of an event next month when volunteers will make a similar splash at daring dives across the country.

However, Dubliner Sinead is encouraging everyone to turn out at the Forty Foot on December 6.

"It's one of those things people want to say they've done at least once, and if you can help raise money for Special Olympics, then all the better," she said.


David said it was a great way to help "Ireland's most inspiring athletes".

"Special Olympics is all about creating a better world through inclusion and acceptance, but to achieve this it needs funds to support the thousands of athletes availing of its services," he said.

"I can't say you won't get cold, but the Polar Plunge at the Forty Foot this December is a unique and fun way to raise money, and I would urge as many people as possible to sign-up."

It is hoped that 300 hardy fundraisers will take their icy leap of faith on the day of the event.