Jim Swanson, managing partner, Victoria HarbourCats baseball team, calls out all other sports teams in Greater Victoria to represent their organization and take the plunge on New Year’s Day. “It’s for a great cause.”

Update: Friday, Dec. 28 1:30 pm: Swim will take place at the south end of the lagoon near public washrooms.

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Jim Swanson, managing partner of the Victoria HarbourCats’ West Coast League baseball team is challenging all other area coaches, managers, and team owners to take the plunge at the Victoria Sports News Polar Bear Swim happening at noon on New Year’s Day.

“Yes, I am putting the challenge out there,” said Swanson. “I want to see someone from each organization come out and take the dip. The event supports two great causes.”

Swanson especially wants to see representation from area teams that play at a similar level to the HarbourCats including the Royals, Grizzlies, Rebels, Vikes, Shamrocks, Chargers and the dozen national teams that call Greater Victoria home.

The HarbourCats will have assistant and first base coach Troy Birtwistle in full uniform perform the ceremonial first dive, just before the masses take the plunge.

The VSN Polar Bear Swim is presented by Synergy Health Centre and supports both KidSport Greater Victoria as well as Runners of Compassion – a Frontrunners initiative. Frontrunners will be supplying two random draw prizes, while the HarbourCats are providing a prize package for the first person to get fully immersed in the water.

The swim takes place at Esquimalt Lagoon and is a by-donation event. Swimmers are asked to arrive a little early to make sure that they receive their draw prize ticket and to watch the ceremonial first dive.

Any size cash donation will be accepted and will go towards KidSport Greater Victoria and Runners of Compassion.