What would have been the 17th annual Williams Lake Polar Bear Swim is in danger of being cancelled this year unless a group or individual can scramble to make it happen. (Angie Mindus photo)

What would have been the 17th annual Williams Lake Polar Bear Swim is in danger of being cancelled this year unless a group or individual can scramble to make it happen. (Angie Mindus photo)

Polar Bear Swim likely a no-go in lakecity this New Year’s

It’s looking like this year’s Williams Lake Polar Bear Swim will be taking a hiatus.

After 17 years of bone-chilling, New Year’s Day fun, it’s looking like this year’s Williams Lake Polar Bear Swim will be taking a hiatus.

Brad Bulow, Polar Bear Swim director with the Williams Lake Rustlers Rugby Football Club — the organization who’s put on the swim since its inauguration in 2001 — said due to prior holiday commitments this year he wasn’t able to organize the event.

The club put it out there for any group or individual to take over this year’s swim several months ago, however, weren’t able to find any suitors.

“It’s too bad. It was a nice event and it’s been like a staple in Williams Lake,” Bulow said. “I think maybe people will miss it this year, and it’s unfortunate, but sometimes you need that to appreciate the things you have. Who knows, maybe there will be a boisterous turnout next year?”

Bulow said unless a ragtag group of individuals or organization can scramble something together by New Year’s Day, the swim is looking like a no-go for 2018.

“There could still be time for me to at least give someone enough information to scramble and get something together but I don’t think it would be the same at this point,” he said.

“You’d probably want at least five solid people to organize it. One to head it up and then about four others to rely upon. I’ve got a to-do list I’ve used for the past six years I’d be willing to share.”

In past years the swim had been used as a fundraiser for youth rugby in the community.

“I’ve been willing to help and I’m saddened it’s not happening this year,” Bulow said. “I didn’t want to be the lynch pin for that.”

That said, he’s still willing to help make the event possible.

At this point, he said the best way to get a hold of someone from the Rustlers would be to visit its Facebook page by searching “Williams Lake Rustlers,” or to contact club secretary Roy Argue by e-mailing royargue@yahoo.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The first Chimney Creek Roadhouse, constructed in 1864. (Photo courtesy of the B.C. Provincial Archives)
HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The Isnardy family of Williams Lake

Amadee Isnardy was born in 1840 near Nice, France

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: Ecological economics not a popular topic for most people

The following is a review of the no (or slow) growth concept

Do you have a letter? Email us at editor@wltribune.com
LETTER: BC Liberals left ICBC a mess: Farnworth

Our BC NDP government has worked tirelessly to fix the mess that was left behind

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels after found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Retired B.C. teacher and star CFL kicker charged for assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
One man shot dead on Vancouver Island in ‘targeted incident’

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

More than ever before, as pandemic conditions persist, the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks continues to grow, according to SFU professor Michael Parent. (Pixabay photo)
SFU expert unveils 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed cybersecurity

Recognizing these changes is the first in a series of steps to mitigate them once the pandemic ends, and before the next: Michael Parent

Most Read