HomeNational

Carr plans to finish Lake Erie swim

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jul 27, 2014 - 8:03 PM |
Annaleise Carr is pictured in Ottawa, on Oct.24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Annaleise Carr is pictured in Ottawa, on Oct.24, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

PORT DOVER, Ont. - A 16-year-old girl who ended a swim across Lake Erie earlier than planned said she intends to finish the swim later this summer.

Annaleise Carr ended her effort early Saturday morning at Long Point, Ont., short of Port Dover where she had initially planned to celebrate the end of a 75-kilometre marathon swim.

"The whole time we had one-to-four-feet waves so that was a big challenge for everyone," she said.

Carr said the weather didn't co-operate in general, but that the waters were warmer than when she crossed Lake Ontario.

Two years ago, the native of Walsh, Ont., swam across Lake Ontario at the age of 14, becoming the youngest person known to have accomplished the feat.

"With Lake Ontario it was only six hours I had the really bad waves," she said.

Her swim on Lake Erie was expected to last about 30 hours, but she stopped short of her goal.

Carr said it was a tough decision, but it was the right call.

She said she was "excited" to reach the shore.

"I was pretty hungry at the end so I was excited to eat," she said, with a laugh, adding that she felt "tired and sore but good."

"When I came out I had a six-hour sleep," she said.

She is still considering the swim a success, having raised around $150,000 for Camp Trillium, a childhood cancer support centre.

Carr became passionate about the organization in 2011, when she first did a 10-kilometre swim fundraiser for the camp.

"Just seeing all the kids and the families smiling and laughing and having such a good time, how all of them could forget what was going on outside of this camp made me really want to do something more to help," she said.

But Carr can't volunteer at the camp until she turns 18, she said, so she decided to raise funds instead.

On Sunday she was received at Camp Trillium and said she was "happy" to thank everyone for their support.

Now she has her sights set on finishing the missing leg of the trip from Long Point to Port Dover, but said her team is "still figuring out details."

Reader's Feedback

NorthernLife.ca may contain content submitted by readers, usually in the form of article comments. All reader comments and any opinions, advice, statements or other information contained in any messages posted or transmitted by any third party are the responsibility of the author of that message and not of NorthernLife.ca. The fact that a particular message is posted on or transmitted using this web site does not mean that NorthernLife.ca has endorsed that message in any way or verified the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message. We encourage visitors to NorthernLife.ca to report any objectionable content by using the "report abuse" link found in the comments section of this web site. Comment Guidelines


comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular

Local Business Directory