We posed a tough question to the youngest swimmer to cross Lake Ontario. (yep, Annaleis)

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Great Lakes swimmer Annaleise Carr

The public meeting of Norfolk County Council welcomed an important guest for a special ceremony on Tuesday, August 28th: Annaleise Carr, the youngest person in history to swim across Lake Ontario. The fourteen year old, born and raised between the towns of Walsh and Jericho right here in Norfolk county, was accompanied by parents, grandparents, and members of the team from Camp Trillium, a summer camp for children with cancer and their parents who are to receive the proceeds of the “young warrior’s” charity swim.

Mayor Dennis Travale spoke eloquently of the inspirational young woman, and applauded both her mental and physical tenacity, facing as she did “wind, waves and fatigue” to reach her goal. And we saw the Mayor’s soft side as he spoke of Annaleise’s “brilliant,” if somewhat humble, smile, which he seemed genuinely affected by. He personally presented a certificate of merit for the young woman’s achievements from the County, and when she was asked to speak we saw that shy but brilliant smile as she blushed and said, simply, “Thank you.”

The Silo was there and asked Annaleise just one question: “What was the most challenging aspect of this enterprise for you?” Her response was thoughtful. She said there were two parts to the answer. There was the hardest part of the swim. That was at night, when strong winds constantly blew four to five foot swells into her face. Then there was the hardest part of her fundraising campaign, both before and after the swim, wherein she has been faced a number of public speaking events. She’s still not entirely comfortable with it, but if you follow this link, I’m sure you’ll agree with us that she’s doing just fine-

Anneleise’s victory is not merely one of athletics. So far, her campaign has raised over $135, 000 for Camp Trillium. Mayor Travale encouraged all present to take their cue from this young hero and give generously, “from the heart.” To donate to Camp Trillium visit www.camptrillium.com. And don’t miss the parade to honour Annaleise in Simcoe on Monday, September 3rd at 2pm, starting at Bonnie Dr. and heading south on Norfolk St. to South Drive. CD

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    Simcoe, Ontario – The Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, is pleased to welcome Annaleise Carr to Parliament Hill today.

    “We are all so proud of Annaleise Carr for being the youngest person to have ever swum across Lake Ontario and for her determination in helping make life better for young children living with cancer,” said MP Finley. “She is a role model for Canadians and we are delighted that her accomplishments are being recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.”

    As an active young woman involved in her community, the 14-year old wanted to find a way to support The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre, a camp that enriches the lives of children with cancer and their families. Although not yet old enough to work at the camp, Annaleise was determined to contribute in her own way. With the help of her family and friends, she started to fundraise for Camp Trillium by collecting pledges for a swim across Lake Ontario.

    Annaleise completed the swim in a mere 27 hours and successfully raised over $115,000 for the camp, nearly four times her original goal. She now holds the record as the youngest person in the world to have ever completed this swim.

    Annaleise received an invitation from the Prime Minister to come to Ottawa. While there, she was honoured by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who presented her with The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to commemorate the significance of her achievement. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is awarded to honour the significant contributions and achievements of deserving Canadians.

    Also while in Ottawa, Ms. Carr met with various Members of Parliament and received an official introduction in the House of Commons.

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