The annual Williams Lake Rustlers Polar Bear swim takes place this year on New Year's Day. Participants are asked to gather at noon at Scout Island

The annual Williams Lake Rustlers Polar Bear swim takes place this year on New Year's Day. Participants are asked to gather at noon at Scout Island

Polar Bear Swim to support youth rugby

The 15th Annual Williams Lake Rustlers Rugby Football Club's Polar Bear Swim will take place on New Year's Day.

The 15th Annual Williams Lake Rustlers Rugby Football Club’s Polar Bear Swim will take place on New Year’s Day — and interested swimmers will be glad to know temperatures are expected to turn around to a high of 1 C.

A refreshing way to start the New Year and a way to help support youth rugby programs in Williams Lake, the event will take place on the shores of Scout Island.

Participants are asked to gather at noon, with the plunge beginning at 1 p.m. where a temporary swimming pool will be carved out of the ice on Williams Lake for the occasion.

Brad Bulow, WLRRFC member and one of the event organizers, said there will be prizes for best costume, high pledge earner, youngest swimmer, oldest swimmer and more.

One-hundred per cent of the proceeds from pledges will go toward youth rugby programs in the city.

Bringing a towel or a warm change of clothing is advised, and heated change rooms — separate for male and female — will be available.

Pledge forms are available from rugby coaches Todd Pritchard or Morley Wilson, or make a pledge on site on Thursday.