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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WOWSA Performance of the Year Nominee Rebekah Boscariol (Canada) – Swimming for SickKids

Rebekah Boscariol took a page out of another Canadian teenager’s marathon swimming history when she swam 52 kilometers across Lake Ontario this August. 

Replicating what the famous Marilyn Bell did in 1954, the 17-year-old swam for 15 hours and 33 minutes to come close to setting a new record.  

But her motivation and goal was clear:

to raise money and give back to the cardiac care section at SickKids Foundation at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children where her 4-year-old sister Sophia had surgery to repair a hole in her heart.  Despite a late due to turbulent waters, Rebekah has not about to cancel or stop her swim.  As the 55th person to successfully cross the lake, the teenager was symbolic of swimmers who do extraordinary feats of endurance to benefit others.  While SickKids has been a big part of Rebekah’s family and community, she is also part of a bigger global family of marathon swimmers.  For her unselfish effort to help sick children, Rebekah Boscariol’s 52K swim in Lake Ontario is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

For more information on Rebekah Boscariol, visit here.

WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.  It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming's heroes and heroines.

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  1. I was there when she finished. She really rocks! Especially when you consider her motivation faor all this.

  2. Incredible! My daughter is an "Ironman" and I have a more than healthy respect for women who push the boundries!
    I am delighted to vote for our Canadian, Rebekah!

  3. I was a witness to Rebekah's extraordinary feat from beginning to end. She richly deserves this honour.

  4. What a great example of grit and determination. Wonderful to see...

  5. The Lake O crossing is among the toughest open water swims in the world - weather, water temps, waves, currents are all big challenges on this one. Way to nail this one in almost record time kid!

  6. I was there when Rebekah approached and swam in to the waters in Toronto. Seeing a young woman of her age take on such a feat with such determination and perserverance was inspirining. Rebekah is a role model for all young girls and swimmers to inspire to. She can teach many of us of all ages a lesson in listening to your innerself and never giving up on your goals. She will be one of the lucky ones that will be authentically happy in her life if she keeps this up...and I know she will. Way to go Rebekah!!

  7. Rebekah's near record swim in far from good conditions was truly inspiring. I wondered where this small girl found the strength and endurance to persevere, but then having met her I realized that Rebekah's energy comes from her heart. A wonderful feat from a wonderful person.

  8. A great role model!

  9. The moment she touched the wall, she touched my heart. Her swim was inspiring for all of us. A superb role model for teenagers and adults. She set an example for others that you can conquer all if you really want it. Also, she did it for a good cause.

  10. Great job Rebekah! You are a true inspiration!


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