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Lake Erie Challenge
Swimmer completes challenging crossing to protect Lake Erie

Port Dover, ON, September 8, 2019 - Daniel Zin successfully completed a challenging 26.5 km swim in Lake Erie on Saturday, September 7th. The effort was part of the Lake Erie Challenge, an annual event where athletes push themselves in the open waters of Lake Erie, all to raise awareness and funds to protect the lake's health and environment.

Originally scheduled for August 24th, high winds and waves made the original swim too dangerous to attempt, and forced Zin and his support team back to shore. A forecast for strong headwinds this Saturday threatened to thwart Zin's second attempt. With the weather forecast in mind, Zin and his support crew adjusted their plans. Instead of an exposed crossing from the tip of Long Point to Port Dover, they chose a slightly more sheltered route, starting at Pottahawk Island. Dan swam across to Turkey Point, and then over to Port Dover. Zin also adjusted the swim's timing, hoping to take advantage of calmer winds forecast overnight.

Zin began the swim just after midnight, at 12:41 am. He completed it 10 hours later, arriving to welcoming crowds on the beach at Port Dover at 10:41 am. The conditions were better during that window, but swimming through the night presented its own challenges. Says Zin, "I struggled to find rhythm and just felt tired, cold and drained from the beginning. Swimming in the dark meant I couldn't see the waves coming in at me, and so when I went to breathe, I would inadvertently take in water."

To accomplish his feat, Daniel had a support crew of seven, including coach and pace swimmer Josh Reid, pace swimmer Ashleigh Beacham, support kayakers Casey and Don Bonnett, support pontoon boat captain Jeff Beacham, and safety boat captains Chris and Ken Turner.

Having teamed up with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance to raise funds for Lake Erie clean-up and protection efforts, Zin's swim raised over $6000.

For more information and to donate to this cause please visit LakeErieChallenge.ca

About the CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (freshwateralliance.ca):

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater initiatives across Canada. We work with NGOs, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen citizen voices and participation in protecting our lakes and rivers. We are a project of Tides Canada's shared platform (http://tidescanada.org/).

Last Updated: Monday, 09 September 2019 08:19:55 AM EST

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