Spirit Orcas

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 am the proud swim  coach of over 50 Special Olympic athletes. Between the months of October and February each year we meet once to twice a week at Crystal Pool in Victoria, Canada and swim for an hour.

Spirit Orcas Ben, Dixon, Drew, Cheyenne, Aly and Maria

I have been coaching this incredible group of people 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 kilometers. They collectively swam from the pool to BC Ferries.

Each year I encourage the athletes to challenge themselves and swim more and more … and they do.

As a side project I approached a small group of the athletes to see if they would be interested in swimming in a relay across the English Channel. Without hesitating they said YES!

This incredible group of 6 athletes have formed a team – the Spirit Orcas – and are now in a three 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 2019 they will swim 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. 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.

In 2019 they will swim 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. The swim also places them in the ocean for the first time. 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.

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.

More information will be posted here in the upcoming months.