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Open water swimmer profile: Loren King

Loren King is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, an open water swimmer, and an advocate for the Great Lakes. He has swum the Marilyn Bell route across Lake Ontario, and the English Channel. Loren grew up in Ancaster, a historic town in Hamilton, Ontario, near the western shores of Lake Ontario. He’s also lived in […]

Open water swimming profile: Greg Maitinsky

Greg Matinksy was born in Hungary, but he grew up all over the world. His parents were diplomats, so they traveled a lot—mostly to North Africa. They also spent some time in Canada. This is where Greg still lives today.   In Algeria, Greg formed one of his earliest open water memories. When he was […]

Open water swimmer profile: Bryan Finlay

Bryan was born in Coventry, England, in the Midlands. His father was from Tyneside, northeast England, and he would go to the seaside there every summer. The water was cold in the North Sea, so they didn’t often swim. As a child, Bryan was afraid of the water, but learned to swim when he was […]

Open Water Swimmer Profile: Catherine McKenna

Catherine McKenna is a beacon for positive change. She was elected in 2015 as the first female Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change. In 2019, she went on to become Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. She is also passionate about water. She’s worked to protect the Ottawa […]

Open Water Swimmer Profile: Mauro Campanelli

Mauro Campanelli grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, and spent the first 20 years of his life there. As a kid, Maruo enjoyed playing around in the cool waters of Ramsey Lake. While his affinity for water was ever-present, his love for open water swimming didn’t come until adulthood. There are times, Mauro admits, when the […]

Open Water Swimming Profile: Robert McGlashan

Why does Robert love open water marathon swimming? For him, nothing beats the call of the open water. Open water swimming has become a way for Robert to connect with his environment. He finds it freeing to swim outside and exciting to be so immersed in nature. Robert began open water swimming in his mid […]

Open Water Swimmer Profile: Jessi Lidstone Harewicz

Why does Jessi Lidstone Harewicz love open water marathon swimming? For her, it’s about getting outside. It’s about doing things that scare her. It’s about pushing herself and finding out what she can do. Plus, the majestic sight of British Columbia’s beautiful mountains surrounding her while she swims doesn’t hurt either! Being outside is an […]

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