UPEI swimmers braving Northumberland Strait to raise funds

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First-year UPEI swimmer Emily Swaine works on her technique at a recent practice.

Eight members of the UPEI Panthers swim team dive into the Northumberland Strait on Saturday to raise funds for the squad’s training and travel costs for upcoming season.

Last year, former team captain Suzanne Nicholson swam the span and raised over $10,000 for the club.

“The fact that these athletes are swimming across the Northumberland Strait, battling the cold, the waves, the weather and the clock is a truly amazing feat. It shows the power of motivation led by Suzanne Nicholson, and I hope that people will come out and support these athletes,” said Blythe Martin, the swim club’s executive president, in a release.

The eight will start on the New Brunswick side and either compete in a relay or tackle the entire swim solo, then finish in Borden-Carleton.

Donations are accepted at www.makeachamp.com/upeiswimming.

“We are really excited to continue the event that started last season with Suzanne,” said Bill Calhoun, UPEI swim team’s head coach. “Our athletes continue to impress me with what they are capable of achieving.”



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