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 kilometer 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.
In July 2019 they swam Gunboat Passage near Bella Bella-Heiltsuk territory, in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. It is a bit shorter than the channel but the same temperature. Here’s a short video of their few days leading up to the swim. A video of the swim will be posted soon.
The swim also places them in the ocean for the first time. Their 3rd adventure will be to swim the Strait of Georgia between Schelt and Nanaimo. 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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Their 3rd adventure will be to swim the Strait of Georgia between Sechelt and Nanaimo. 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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