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April 23:  A Canadian Hero speaks at Norfolk Sunrise.  Members and guests were captivated at the April 23rd meeting when Annaleise Carr, the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario, spoke about her gruelling  and record breaking swim of August 18-19, 2012 when she was just 14 years old.   She shared   her insights about overcoming obstacles in reaching challenging goals. 

 

 Real success is not just reaching your goal (or winning the game); real success comes when achievements are kept in balance other elements of your life. When the obstacles seem almost impossible (e.g . battling 6’ waves and strong currents) remembering your goals will help you get through. Believe in yourself. Trust others and rely on those closest to you. At the outset, Annaleise's goal was to raise $30,000 for Camp Trillium (a summer camp for children with cancer). To date more than $250,000 has been raised in her name.

Twenty three crew members supported Annaleise in her swim. One of her crew, well known retired Simcoe Dentist Dr Bruce Boyer, gave us insights into what it takes to support a swimmer crossing the lake. A key hint; to calm the waves throw any bananas on support boats overboard – even better leave the bananas on shore!!