Who is Trinity?
Trinity is a 14 year old girl in grade 8. She is a straight 'A' student and began swimming when she was a young girl. 4 years ago she watched her mother swim across Lake Ontario and she knew it was something she wanted to do. She didn't necessarily have Lake Ontario in her head at the time, but she knew she wanted to do something like it. It wasn't until she saw Annaliese Carr leave from NOTL 2 years ago, that she wanted to cross Lake Ontario. Annaliese Carr's has the record for being the youngest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario, along the traditional route, crossed by Marilyn Bell, in 1954. Trinity would like to attempt this record! She will be attempting her swim in August of 2014.
What is an Ultra-Distance Marathon?
A 10 KM swim is the equivalent of 42.2 km of running. Swimming the lake is over 5 times that distance. Trinity has been training for almost 2 years for this swim. She is up at 5 am most mornings and swims every evening with the exception of a coupl of nights a week. Lake Ontario is also really cold, so about a month ago, she began cold water training. This has been painful and one of the hardest things she's ever done. She also has to plan what she east and when she eats it. She has been training her body to learn how to absorb calories or energy quickly so she can keep swimming for 18-24 hours without stopping.
So why all this work?
Trinity has given up a lot of her social life and free time to complete this swim. She is driven with a goal to help others. Trinity has grown up in a single parent family that has had a lot of unique challenges. Paying the fees and arranging transportation to swim practice every week has always been a challenge for her mom.
Trinity wants to to swim to raise money for Jumpstart! Jumpstart is a program administered and funded through Canadian Tire. Trinity believes that to be able to participate in sport is a human right and a necessity. To be an athlete that has goals, is able to accomplish them, and reach for levels of high performance, so many things have to happen. You need to have a good training program, good nutrition, equipment and a love for your sport.
Jumpstart helps kids pay for their training costs and can assist them with their equipment needs. She could raise money for her sport, but not everyone loves to swim. Jumpstart gives families and kids the opportunity to grow and develop in a sport they choose- not just one where funding is available.
Please check out her website at www.niagaraswims.com/trinityswims/
and her u-tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgbB_RpO3oc&list=UUo1OOH-ZyffAZtmBiXHAJ9g
Trinity is set to leave on August 4, 2014 for her epic swim across Lake Ontario!! She will achieve 3 world records when she does this!