February 21, 1999 |
Norfolk County, alberta, Canada
|Employer||Norfolk County Community Services|
|Organization||Norfolk Hammerhead Aquatic Club|
|Known for||Swimming & Author|
|Notable work(s)||Youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario & book "Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario for Kids Battling Cancer|
|Home town||Walsh, Ontario|
|Parents||Debbie and Jeffrey Carr|
|Relatives||Siblings--Larissa Carr, McKenna Carr, Ayden Carr|
Annaleise Carr (born March 12, 1998) of Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada, became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario on Sunday, 19 August 2012 at the age of 14. Annaleise has been swimming competitively from the young age of 4, beginning her career at the Simcoe Recreation Centre pool which has now been renamed the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre. She has swum at long and short course provincials, as well as open water provincials. She has competed at provincial lifeguard games as a member of the Town of Tillsonburg Lifesaving Club and in triathlons. Not very tall in stature (4'10"), but huge in heart! Distance swimming has always been her passion in swimming, however it's only been the last three or four years that the lake has become her playground. Annaleise's parents Jeff and Debbie along with her grandparents Jim & Ethel Rowbottom, Ken & Cheryl Carr, as well as her great grandparents, Art & Ruth Hayward took Annaleise year after year for swimming practices and meets across Canada and the United States.
Camp Trillium became close to Annaleise's heart when she visited it in the summer of 2011 as part of the North Shore Swimmers. As a group, ten of them (9 adults and 13 year old Annaleise) completed a 10 km open water swim from Pottahawk Point (located off Long Point in Norfolk County) to Turkey Point, followed by a 10 km run from Turkey Point to the Long Point Eco-Adventure Park.They raised around $15,000 for Camp Trillium, but the visit to the Rainbow Lake facility was forever etched in her memory. It is an awesome place for awesome people. The camp exists for children with cancer and their families--a sort of haven away from what they are going through--and Annaeise doesn't like to see kids hurt. She told her mom she wanted to volunteer there, but was told at the time she needed to be 18 years old in order to volunteer at the camp.
Feeling for the kids and families that attend there she wanted to do something; it dawned upon her she would like to fund-raise $30,000 for Camp Trillium and she was going to do it the way she knows best, swimming. She spoke with her sister Larissa and proposed the unthinkable, a swim across lake Ontario similar to her idol Marilyn Bell, who swam Lake Ontario from opening of the Niagara River to Toronto 52.5km. Larissa motivational words to Annaleise "go for it, you can do it", set things in motion. At the time Annaleise was only interested in raising money for Camp Trillium not knowing that her accomplishment would have many accolades and records set.
Annaleise had to qualify for this swim which was overseen by the regulated body and supervision of Solo Swims of Ontario. After qualifying and filing the 70 pages of paperwork a date was set Aug 18 2012. With her parents, grandparents, great grandparents and crew she was set with a huge flurry of media watching her leave as well as being on the water with her. Annaleise began her swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake(considered one of the world's most difficult open water swims) at 6:17:10 pm on 18 August 2012. She arrived at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto after swimming for almost 27 hours, touching land at 8:58 pm on 19 August 2012. During her attempt, spectators received updates via live blogs, Twitter, and GPS live tracking.
During her swim Annaleise's fundraising increased to $60,000, $80,000 to over $100,000 after her swim. To date Annaleise has raised over $250,000 for the Children and families at Camp Trillium. At the time of her swim Annaliese was the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario at 14 yrs 158 days and set an international record to be the youngest swimmer to swim continuously in open water for more than 24hrs (24 Hour Club). Annaleise's swim from Niagara-On-The-Lake to Toronto's Marilyn Bell Park when calculated through GPS; Annaleise swam close to 70km due to being pushed off course due to currents and waves of approx 6ft high pushing back toward Niagara-on-the-Lake. Through all this Annaleise's 4'10" frame accomplished the impossible all for the kids at Camp Trillium.
Annaleise continues to fundraise, setting her target on swimming across Lake Erie from Erie, Pennsylvania to Port Dover, Ontario at distance of 75km the furthest a swimmer has crossed lake Erie. Swim date set for July 25, 2014. Annaleise has an autobiography coming out on her Lake Ontario swim titled "Annaleise Carr, how I conquered Lake Ontario to help kids battling Cancer", to be released Mar 1. 2014; proceeds from this book will be going towards Camp Trillium.
Swim across Lake Ontario
Carr began her swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 6:17:10 pm on 18 August 2012. She arrived at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto after swimming for almost 27 hours, touching land at 8:58 pm on 19 August 2012. During her attempt, spectators received updates via live blogs, Twitter, and GPS live tracking. One of Carr's goals was to raise $30,000 for a summer camp for children with cancer. By 24 hours into the race, she had raised over $60,000 for the camp. By 22 August 2012, almost $140,000 had been raised in her name.
Awards and accolades
- 2012 TVO Kids "Super Citizen" Award
- Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Pin
- Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship
- 2012 Canadian Sport Awards Spirit of Sport Story of the Year
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presented by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
- Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
- Commemorative Signs at the entrance to the Village of Walsh, Ontario, CANADA
- Renaming of the pool at the Simcoe Recreation Centre to the "Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre"
- Name engraved on "the Rock" plaque at Queen's Royal Park in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, CANADA
- Renaming of the main hall at Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake, Waterford, Ontario, to the "Annaleise Carr Activity Centre"
- CTV Kitchener Top 10 Stories of 2012
- Top 20 New Stories of 2012 on CHCH TV
- World Open Water Swimming Association 2012 Woman of the Year
- Finalist for Global Marathon Swimming Awards Solo Swim of the Year (Female)
- 2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year
- Inducted into the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition
- Named Honorary Commissioner of Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment Team Up Challenge
- Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow
- 2013 Foresters International Fraternal President's Award***
- Named as a member of Ripley's Aquarium Canada Marine Teen Youth Advisory Council
- RaiseAThon.ca (19 August 2012). "Annaleise's Radical Crossing". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- CTVNews.ca Staff. "Teen nearing end of historic Lake Ontario swim, tops fundraising goal". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Tim Alamenciak (19 August 2012). "14-year-old attempts youngest-ever swim across Lake Ontario". Toronto Star (Toronto, Ontario). Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Tim Alamenciak (19 August 2012). "Exhausted, but jubilant Annaleise Carr completes Lake Ontario crossing, However none of this feat could have been accomplished without the help of her coach at the time Lisa Anderson.". Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- CTVNews.ca Staff (19 August 2012). "Teen swimmer completes historic Lake Ontario crossing". CTV News. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Annaleise Carr (19 August 2012). "Annaleise's Lake Ontario Crossing". Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Teen attempts historic Lake Ontario swim". Toronto Star. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Monte Sonnenberg (22 August 2012). "Parade planned in Carrs' honour". Brantford Expositor (Simcoe). Retrieved 22 August 2012.
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