Fort Erie – Natalie Lambert, a 14 year old swimmer from Harrowsmith, Ontario, conquered Lake Erie on Sunday to raise awareness for the Y Knot Abilities Program; a program where kids with disabilities and their siblings can participate in sport.

Natalie swam over 12 miles from Crystal Beach to Sturgeon Point using only the butterfly stroke.

Last summer, Lambert nearly completed the crossing of Lake Ontario, from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto, but choppy water forced her to stop. Yesterday’s successful crossing of Lake Erie took Natalie 7 hours, 47 minutes and 30 seconds.

Marathon swimming runs in the Lambert family blood. Natalie’s sister Jenna, who has cerebral palsy, swam across Lake Ontario in 2006 to become the first female with a physical disability to accomplish such a feat.

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