Everyone is capable of achieving something great
Join me with the Spirit Orcas as they prepare for their journey to and across the English Channel.
I have been coaching developmentally disabled swimmers for over 5 years. The first year I coached I discovered that many of the athletes had no sense of just how far they could swim. The second year I challenged them to a 1 hour continuous swim. Almost all of the athletes swam over 1 kilometre and many over 3 kilometres. They collectively swam from the Crystal pool in Victoria to BC Ferries in Sydney.
I am now working with a small group of the swimmers who are interested in swimming beyond the pool and have ventured into the open water.
This incredible group of 6 athletes have formed a team – the Spirit Orcas – and are now in a three to five year training program that will bring them to and across the English Channel. In the summer of 2018 they swam the length of Cowichan Lake; it is the same distances at the channel.
Last year the Spirit Orcas swam the length of Gunboat Pass in the heart of Heiltsuk territory in the Great Bear Rainforest. This swim was their third ocean swim. They liked it so much they have asked to return this year and swim through Hunter Channel.
The Spirit Orcas will also swim the across the Strait of Georgia between Schelt and Nanaimo this summer. This swim is comparable to the English Channel and a great way to prepare. When they feel they are ready the will head to Dover, England and swim from England to France.
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