As a swim parent, I was very interested to meet Annaleise Carr at a book signing. Carr, a petite and determined girl was just 14 years old at the time of her successful Lake Ontario swim. What an amazing feat to swim 51km across the Great Lake ending at Marilyn Bell park and raising over $100 000 for Camp Trillium (a local camp for kids battling or affected by cancer). It is hard to imagine swimming through the night, not being able to see the guide boats, taking nourishment from a lacrosse stick and dealing with cold currents yet she successfully completed her first Great Lake swim.
While the book is clearly written for a young adult audience, it was very interesting and quick read about the perseverance, determination and strength of this 14-year-old girl. She ended the book by speaking of her team and the importance of this crew in her successfully meeting her goals.
Good luck, to Annaleise Carr, as she attempts to cross Lake Erie this summer!