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Scene: Annaleise Carr Arrives in Toronto

Fourteen-year-old becomes the youngest to swim across Lake Ontario, and raises more than $90,000 for charity in the process.

WHERE: Marilyn Bell Park

WHEN: Sunday August 19, 9 p.m.

WHAT: This weekend, after 27 hours and 52 kilometres, 14-year-old Annaleise Carr became the youngest person known to swim across Lake Ontario. She came up with the idea when she decided she wanted to help Camp Trillium, which provides camping experiences to kids with cancer, but was told she was too young to volunteer. After successfully finishing her swim, Carr was taken to the Hospital for Sick Children for a check-up: she’s sore but doing well, and will hold a press conference his afternoon to discuss her swim in more detail. Donations, reportedly, are still pouring in.

The first person to cross Lake Ontario was long-distance swimmer Marilyn Bell, in 1954, at the age of 16. Bell and Carr are slated to chat over the phone today.


  • ashleigh

    What this girl has done is simply amazing.

    I’ve participated in an 8+ member (mostly duo- and triathletes) team multiteam event swimming Lake Ontario following basically the same route. It’s extremely difficult, you have to follow temperature currents, you can immediately feel it if your arm or leg stroke vere out of the temperature current, it’s so cold the lake drains your energy almost completely. Plus, swimming through rough swells gets both energy draining and disorienting with the up and down no horizon.

    She’s shown incredible physical training and mental toughness as well.