Lake Ontario - Annaleise Carr

BillBill Member
edited August 2012 in Cheering Section
14 year old Annaleise Carr attempts to become the youngest ever to cross lake Ontario :

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0Z9XPg0jHhidUoPQKPYxzQNvq9uWEq1iA

About 2/3 of the way through and still going strong.

Comments

  • JenAJenA Member
    Now just 6.5 km away and cranking 1.9 km/hr. So thrilled for her. Has raised >$50000 for a children's Cancer camp.
  • SylleSylle Gothenburg, SwedenMember
    Wow! There are a lot of impressive feats of endurance being reported (particularly on this forum!) but this has got to be one of the most impressive ones I've ever come across.

    27 hours of swimming as a 14yo!!

    Hero.
  • She's been nominated for a WOWSA. Lots of incredible feats of endurance this year, but this young lady will likely get my vote. Here's the link:

    http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2012/10/annaleise-carr-new-lady-of-lake.html
    Lactate is for wimps.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    Don't misunderstand me.
    I think she did a remarkable swim but here in the Netherlands she's only allowed to swim a max. of 10 km at 14 years and I agree with that rule.
    So I won't vote for her.
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • LOSTswimmerLOSTswimmer Oakville, Ontario, CanadaMember
    Niek... a valid point... but here on Lake Ontario the rules are that the youngest you can be is 14... so she was certainly within the rules. The question is then, should the rule be 14 or 16 (EC) or 18 (Ironman)... well, obviously the numbers are arbitrary... but think about it at the other end of the continuum... how many times do you hear people say "oh, age is just a number!"... of course, referring to people who are older and who still participated... and are lauded for it... I get what you mean and you do have to draw the line somewhere, but she was clearly capable to swim 51km... in 26 hr and 41 mins... and come out smiling!

    Oh, and not that it is relevant to this conversation, but she's now raised $230,000 with her swim for the kids cancer camp. Incidentally, she just wanted to volunteer at the camp... but she wasn't allowed to... because she was too young. So she decided to do a swim instead. Pretty cool.
    Cheers,
    Rob
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited October 2012
    I've read the whole story on her blog. I even wrote/praised her on my website but I won't vote for her. I don't want to encourage to young swimmers in such an enterprise.
    And I agree with my swimming federations rules. If not I should stop being a certified swimming judge (pool and OW).
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • Niek... a valid point... but here on Lake Ontario the rules are that the youngest you can be is 14... so she was certainly within the rules. The question is then, should the rule be 14 or 16 (EC) or 18 (Ironman)... well, obviously the numbers are arbitrary... but think about it at the other end of the continuum... how many times do you hear people say "oh, age is just a number!"... of course, referring to people who are older and who still participated... and are lauded for it... I get what you mean and you do have to draw the line somewhere, but she was clearly capable to swim 51km... in 26 hr and 41 mins... and come out smiling!

    Oh, and not that it is relevant to this conversation, but she's now raised $230,000 with her swim for the kids cancer camp. Incidentally, she just wanted to volunteer at the camp... but she wasn't allowed to... because she was too young. So she decided to do a swim instead. Pretty cool.

    More like beyond cool. The actual accomplishment of swimming across the conventional LO route is stunning for someone of that age.....or anyone. It's known as one of the most unpredictable and difficult crossings in the world. What's more, having the social conscience to make this a charity swim speaks volumes for the young lady's character. She wasn't just out there to break a record for herself. She was out to help others in the process.

    Lactate is for wimps.
  • This is fantastic! If the swim is in Canada, what do the Dutch rules matter? Well done!
    http://fermoyfish.com – Owen O'Keefe (Fermoy, Ireland)
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