Swim for Camp Trillium
Carr ready to dive into Lake Ontario 0
Donations continue to pour in to Camp Trillium following Annaleise Carr's historic swim across Lake Ontario. The 14-year-old Walsh resident became the youngest person to cross the lake. (SARAH DOKTOR Simcoe Reformer)
On Friday, a Norfolk County girl will begin her attempt at becoming the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario.
Annaleise Carr, 14, will swim the traditional Marilyn Bell route, starting from Niagara-on-the-Lake and ending in Toronto. The swim is 52.5 km in total.
Carr has been promoting the swim to benefit Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake in Waterford. Her goal was to raise $30,000 for the camp that offers recreational activities for children and families affected by cancer.
She is just under that mark and hopes to have the total $30,000 by the start of her swim Friday evening.
“I’ve had a lot of people from all over the place donate money,” said Carr. “We’ve been busy with a lot of fundraisers (this summer).”
She has found incredible support in Norfolk County and beyond.
“It’s been really amazing. I didn’t expect this,” said Carr. “I thought I would just get in the water.”
Carr has been training almost every day for the past few months in anticipation of the swim.
“Last night (Monday) we went out just a couple of kilometres,” said Carr from the beach in Port Dover on Tuesday.
Carr and her team practiced a night swim, complete with her team of Zodiacs, kayaks and pacers to help mimic the experience she will have on Friday, as her swim is set to begin at 6 p.m. and will continue overnight.
Mother nature might have other plans for the swimmer. Environment Canada is forecasting a chance of showers in the Niagara region on Friday, which could cause delays. Carr cannot start her swim if there are waves over one metre high.
“We can always go later (on Friday) so we can get it done Saturday,” said Carr. If the weather is still bad the swim will be delay until Saturday, or alternatively Aug. 24.
Last weekend the weather delayed another swimmer from crossing Lake Ontario; Colleen Shields will attempt her swim in September. Shields has already completed the swim twice before.
Carr is hoping the weather cooperates, as she sees it as her only obstacle. She is confident in her abilities and has a team full of friends and fellow long distance swimmers.
Without her current team she said, “I wouldn’t have felt as comfortable. I wouldn’t have been as confident without the crew I have.”
The crew not only helps Carr in the water, they’ve also helped with much of the preparations and organization.
“It was a lot of work, it still is. It’s not over yet,” said Carr’s father Jeff. “They made it a lot easier.”
Carr will continue collecting donations for Camp Trillium until Labour Day. For more information visit her website at annaleiseslakeontariocrossing.weebly.com, where you can also follow her progress on the day of the swim.
Donations can also be made directly to Camp Trillium at www.camptrillium.com, be sure to note Annaleise’s Crossing in the donation note.
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