Nearly 200 take part in Global Swim Championships in Norfolk

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Dozens of swimmers from across Canada and the U.S. took part last Sunday in the Global Swim Series Championships at Turkey Point.

“We are so proud of the almost 200 swimmers who dove in,” race organizer Josh Reid said in a news release.

He said the championships serve to put Norfolk County and Lake Erie in the spotlight in the open water swimming world.

“Happily, we were able to deliver a top-notch product.”

Reid noted that the lake water was cold, with temperatures reported to be between 7 degrees Celsius and 15 degrees along the course, resulting a few cases of hypothermia. Most swimmers opted to wear wetsuits.

The event, which has raised $75,000 for Camp Trillium in the past five years, pulled in $23,179.64 on July 21.

Reid said donations would continue to be accepted until July 31 on the North Shore Challenge website. Offline donations will be accepted until Aug. 31.

“It would be great to reach $25,000, with the help of all of Norfolk.”


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Here are the winners of each race:

10km — wetsuit, male, Greg Maitinsky, Hamilton; wetsuit, female, Emily Slaney, Oakville; no wetsuit, female, Taylor Opersko, Windham Centre.

3.8km — wetsuit, male, David Spencer, Toronto; no wetsuit, male, Greg Streppel, Cambridge; wetsuit female, Bronwyn Stevens, Waterloo; no wetsuit female, Moira Bujak, Belle River.

1km — wetsuit male, Robert Kent, Oakville; no wetsuit male, Brayden Mann, Baden; wetsuit, female, Karen Hoyland, East York; no wetsuit, female, Meghan Jenkins, Burlington.

In addition to the timed races, 14 children, aged 12 and younger, participated in the Mighty Minnows introductory race.

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