Athlete Spotlight, Beth Davis
Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) athlete Beth Davis is thrilled to represent Lane County for this year’s Polar Plunge event, taking place at Maurie Jacobs Park in Eugene on February 10th.
Beth lives in Springfield and loves to compete in multiple sports for Special Olympics Oregon, including swimming, golf, powerlifting, and snowshoeing. She also keeps busy volunteering at Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon and working at Sweep Optical.
She is an artist, saying that art helps her express her mind and emotions in a constructive way. She enjoys making 3D sculptures out of items she finds around the house, taking photos and creating abstract drawings.
Beth has been involved with Special Olympics Oregon for 19 years now, and her favorite sports are powerlifting and snowshoeing. Says Beth, “Powerlifting challenges you, and is not a sport a lot of people know about. It’s so fun to do!”
Beth also enjoys snowshoeing because “it’s fun to be outside in the wilderness.” Being outside is also a component of the Eugene Polar Plunge, a chance for people to step outside of their comfort zone and plunge in icy cold water, raising the necessary funding for Special Olympics Oregon athletes to be able to compete in regional and state competitions, like Fall and Summer State Games.
She jumps in with the SOOR Eugene team and says “I like to do the Polar Plunge because it supports (SOOR) athletes, and I like to get out there and do something different. It’s only cold for a second!”