Silent Swim To Fight Cystic Fibrosis

Silent Swim To Fight Cystic Fibrosis

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When a swimmer takes to the open water, their sensory deprivation is like few other endurance athletes. They can barely see, they can barely hear, their tactile feel is at a minimum as are their sense of smell and taste. As a result, they are left largely to face whatever crosses their mind.

Brenda Lussier will certainly have a lot on her mind during her attempt at two solo swims across both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in her two-stage Silent Swim to Fight Cystic Fibrosis. Her brother faces Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic illness.

Lussier is deaf, making her charity swims especially challenging.

Her escort crew of 15 will communicate with her by signing via American Sign Language which will need to be translated to those not familiar with sign language.

Her first leg of her Silent Swim to Fight Cystic Fibrosis is across Lake Erie, scheduled for late June. From Sturgeon Point in New York to Crystal Beach in Ontario, the route is 19.2 km may take her 6-8 hours. In August, she plans to swim 52 km across Lake Ontario, starting at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and finishing at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto. She estimates this swim will take between 18-24 hours to complete.

If successful, she will become the first deaf swimmer to cross Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

For more information, visit Silent Swim to Fight Cystic Fibrosis or her GoFundMe page here.

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Steven Munatones