Ashley Cowan, Vicki Keith Talk About Big Goals across Lake Erie on WOWSA Live

Ashley Cowan, Vicki Keith Talk About Big Goals across Lake Erie on WOWSA Live

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honorees Ned Denison and Vicki Keith talked with Ashley Murphy née Cowan, a quadruple amputee due to contracting meningitis when she was a baby, on today’s WOWSA Live.

Cowan’s story with Keith begins at the age of 8 when she was inspired by Keith’s marathon swims across Lake Ontario. Cowan wanted to complete her own marathon swim – with Lake Erie as her canvas.

At the age of 15, Cowan completed the 19.2 km crossing of Lake Erie in 14 hours 20 minutes in September 2001. It was a swim that started with no fanfare – or even fans at the start – and ended with media headlines and helicopters flying overhead to cover the 15-year-old as reached the Canadian shore of Lake Erie.

Cowan and Keith relive their story of their audacious goal of swimming Lake Erie in the WOWSA Live interview below:

Keith later talked about Cowan and her big hairy audacious dreams in a rousing TEDx Talk given in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on April 7th 2011:

Photo of Ashley Cowan courtesy of Solo Swims of Ontario Hall of Fame.

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