Ont. teen attempts historic Lake Ontario crossing
Published Saturday, August 18, 2012 2:53PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 18, 2012 10:36PM EDT
A 14-year-old girl is attempting to become the youngest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario and in the process, raise funds for a recreational camp for children with cancer.
Annaleise Carr from Norfolk County, Ont., entered Lake Ontario at 6 p.m. Saturday in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Carr’s planned route runs a total of 52.5 kilometres and is expected to end in Toronto at Marilyn Bell Park on Sunday.
Carr was originally supposed to start her crossing on Friday, but had to postpone the swim due to high winds.
The teen is swimming in support of Camp Trillium, a camp for children with cancer.
Camp Trillium has two locations in Ontario -- one near the town of Picton and one in the town of Waterford -- and offers year-round camping programs to children and teens with cancer free of charge. The camp is funded through donations.
Carr had set a goal to raise $30,000 for Camp Trillium as she attempts her historic swim.
According to Carr’s website, by Saturday afternoon the teen had raised over $29,000.
Carr, who has been training for months in preparation for the swim excitedly tweeted from her Twitter account Saturday: “Lake crossing looking like a go! Can't wait to touch that wall at Marilyn Bell Park!”