Most Canadians know Marilyn Bell and her 1954 swim across Lake Ontario. And while some can recall a few other crossers - ike Vicki Keith and Cindy Nicholas, Colleen Shields or Paula Stephanson - few realize that a total of 74 swimmers have made 66 crossings of the Great Lakes.
What drives someone to undertake such a risk and to swim across a Great Lake?
Laura E. Young interviewed over 40 Canadian swimmers, from the icons whose names we know, to the many not-so-ordinary Canadians who answered the challenge to swim across a Great Lake.Review -
'Laura Young puts you right there on the shore, or battling the waves, or fighting tears during the final strokes. Thank you Laura for telling our stories. This book will guide a whole new generation of adventurers to take on bigger challenges and achieve new goals.' - Vicki Keith crossed all five Great Lakes in 1988.Review #2 -
'Open water swimmers are a different breed. They encounter rough water, bad weather, variable temperatures, marine life and vegetation, and take it all in stride. Laura Young gives us insight into what makes these athletes tick. A good read.' - Alex Baumann, Canadian Olympic double gold medalist and double world record holder in swimming.