MV Christena Memorial Swim with Valérie Grégorio, Jane Hansom, Mary Parks, Geoff Folsom

MV Christena Memorial Swim with Valérie Grégorio, Jane Hansom, Mary Parks, Geoff Folsom

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Valérie Grégorio found her way to St Kitts from her native Québec, Canada.

Valérie Grégoire is a marine biologist, coach, triathlete, open water swimmer, scuba dive instructor, Reef Check coordinator, a PADI Instructor, and the head swimming coach for the Special Olympics St Kitts athletes.​ 

Grégoire started the MV Christena Memorial Swim, an 8.6 km memorial swim between Nevis and St Kitts in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea that commemorates the MV Christena Disaster. The swim was established to honor the victims of the worst maritime disaster in the English-speaking Caribbean Sea. When the MV Christena went down off St Kitts, only 91 of the 320 people on board survived in 1971.

On August 1st 2020, Jane HansomMary ParksValérie Grégoire and Geoff Folsom completed a 4-person tandem swim from the site of the MV Christena disaster to Pinneys Beach on Nevis.

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