(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI (August 25, 2014)—Last summer, UPEI Panther Swim team
captain Suzanne Nicholson set a goal to swim the Northumberland Strait.
Nicholson accomplished her goal and raised over $10,000 for the Panther
After graduating this spring from UPEI, Nicholson passed on the swim
challenge to her teammates to “Conquer the Strait” in support of their
personal and team goals for the upcoming season. The UPEI swim team has
accepted the challenge and their swim is scheduled for Saturday, August 30
from the New Brunswick side, finishing on Island soil in Borden, PEI. Eight
members will either compete in a relay or tackle the entire swim solo.
“We are really excited to continue the event that started last season with
Suzanne. Our athletes continue to impress me with what they are capable of
achieving,” said UPEI swim team Head Coach Bill Calhoun.
Event organizer and the swim club’s Executive President Blythe Martin is
also impressed with the UPEI student-athletes’ initiative. “The fact that
these athletes are swimming across the Northumberland Strait, battling the
cold, the waves, the weather, and the clock, is a truly amazing feat. It
shows the power of motivation led by Suzanne Nicholson, and I hope that
people will come out and support these athletes.”