Marathon swim to support Because I am a Girl
FISHER Nesphotos.ca Marathon swimmer Nicole Mallette was in Cobourg on Sunday looking for help for her and four other women as they attempt a record setting swim that will take them over 300 kilometres in Lake Ontario over the course of five days.
Five marathon swimmers will be travelling past this area this summer on Lake Ontario and they say any local support of their cause would be appreciated.
Colleen Shields (age 61, of Georgetown), Nicole Mallette (47, of Hamilton), Samantha Whiteside (23, of New Hamburg), Rebekah Boscariol (18, of Markham) and Mona Sharari (18, of Richmond Hill) will be starting their swim on July 23 and will be swimming 305.2 kilometres in a record-setting swim from Kingston to Burlington.
All of the women have swum across Lake Ontario except for Sharari, who has swum across the English Channel.
Mallette, who swam 45 kilometres across Lake Ontario from Niagara-On-The-Lake to Vicki Keith Point in 1997, is traveling the route in preparation for the swim and stopped by Cobourg this week to drum up support from boaters in the area.
She had stopped by the area a few weeks ago, but the boats weren’t in the water yet, and no one was at the marina.
“We will be swimming it continuously in a relay form and we anticipate it will take approximately five days to complete,” Mallette said of the marathon.
The women will be swimming for approximately two hours at a time, traveling anywhere from three to six kilometres in the water each time.
The five women have two reasons for the swim.
“Why not?” Mallette says. “It’s a challenge.
“Anybody else that loves the water as much as we do, without putting a challenge in front of yourself, it’s just another day.”
The other is in support of Plan International’s Because I am a Girl charity.
Though the Canadian chapter won’t be up and running at the time of the swim, it is in the works and the goal for the swim is to raise $300,000.
The Because I am a Girl initiative is a social movement to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a bright future for girls in the developing world.
Thinking back to her swim across the lake, Mallette says the hardest part was training at night.
“I was very uncomfortable with it,” she said.
“It is pitch dark and not knowing where your hand is going…. But I also found it the most comforting part of my swim.”
The weather is one of the biggest issues for the team at this point.
“Because of the weather going back and forth at this point, (the lake) isn’t warming up as much as we want.”
“Usually we would have been in by now.”
For more information contact Nicole Mallette at 289-237-4733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.