Five women set to attempt swim of Lake Ontario

TORONTO – Five Ontario women aged 18 to 61 will try to make history starting today by relay swimming the length of Lake Ontario over five days.

The women will begin at 10 a.m. in Kingston and plan to finish 305 kilometres later on Saturday afternoon at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park.

Colleen Shields, 61, Nicole Mallette, 48, Samantha Whiteside, 23, and Rebekah Boscariol, 18, have all completed a solo swim across Lake Ontario.

They each swam the 52-kilometre stretch from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto.

Mona Shariri, 18, the fifth and youngest member of the team by a few months, swam the English Channel last year.

A trip across the length of Lake Ontario by a relay has never been completed.

The team hopes to raise $300,000 for the ”Because I am a Girl” initiative to end gender inequality and promote girls’ rights around the world.

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