Annaleise Carr

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Annaleise Carr
Born (1998-03-12) March 12, 1998 (age 20)
EmployerNorfolk County Community Services
Known forSwimming
Notable work
(2012-2014) Youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario & book "Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario for Kids Battling Cancer
Home townWalsh, Ontario
Spouse(s)Jared Haley
RelativesSiblings--Larissa Carr, McKenna Carr, Ayden Carr

Annaleise Carr Haley (born March 12, 1998)[1] of Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada,[2] became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario by the "traditional route" on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the age of 14 since Marilyn Bell became the first of any age to do so in 1954. Annaleise was actually the second youngest to swim across Lake Ontario as Natalie Lambert at 14 years, 27 days in 2007 completed a 54 km crossing in 23:15 on a more easterly route.[3][4]

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 August 18, 2012. With Lisa Anderson, 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 August 18, 2012. She arrived at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto after swimming for almost 27 hours, touching land at 8:58 pm on August 19, 2012.[5][6] During her attempt, spectators received updates via live blogs,[7][8] 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 swum close to 70 km due to being pushed off course due to currents and waves of approx 6 ft high pushing back toward Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Swim across Lake Ontario[edit]

Annaleise began her swim from Niagara-on-the-Lake at 6:17:10 pm on August 18, 2012. She arrived at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto after swimming for almost 27 hours, touching land at 8:58 pm on August 19, 2012.[5][6] During her attempt, spectators received updates via live blogs,[7][8] Twitter, and GPS live tracking. One of Annaleise'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. Carr also set a record for being the youngest swimmer to swim in open waters for more than 24 hours[2] By August 22, 2012, almost $140,000 had been raised in her name.[9]

Swim across Lake Erie[edit]

Annaleise further challenged herself along with her admiration and love of the kids at Camp Trillium; she decided once again to raise funds for Camp Trillium (Cancer Camp for Children and their families). She along with her Team and supportive parents and siblings prepared the logistics for the first person to cross central Lake Erie, departing from Erie, Pa to Port Dover, Ontario a swimming distance of approx 75 km. Annaleise tirelessly dedicated her spare time in the months leading up to her swim promoting her swimn and her book(see below) at various venues she was invited to as a guest.

On July 25, 2014 Annaleise departed Erie,PA with her water crew swimming towards her destination, Port Dover, Ontario. At approx 5:30am due to high winds, waves and strong Lake Erie currents coming of Long Point; Annaleise touch ground on the tip of Long Point making it her second successful lake crossing. She had swam 22 1/2 hrs and a distance of 42.2 km.

Annaleise was determined to complete her initial goal to swim to Port, Dover Ontario and sticking to her motto "NEVER GIVE UP" she continued her remaining swim on September 1, 2014 from where she left of at Long Point to Port Dover, a distance of 30 km and a time of 12hr 12mins. She was welcomed and cheered by the thousands that attended along with the media that was covering her story.

During her swims across Lake Erie, Annaleise raised approx $230,000 for Camp Trillium; her combined total of her two swims is just under half a million dollars and growing; as she voluntarily attends many functions, engagements and requests to attend various venues as a specials guest.

Annaleise the Author[edit]

Leading up to her Lake Erie swim Annaleise was promoting her book she jointly authored with famed Canadian author Deborah Ellis "Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling". The book was written to reflect on her growing up as a swimmer and her swim across Lake Ontario; written in a format the struggles and challenges she faced crossing Lake Ontario comparative to the struggles and challenges of a young Cancer patient faces but on a longer term. Annaleise's love for the kids at Camp Trillium and knowing the daily long term challenges they and their families face.

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) Woman of the year in 2012.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  • Ontario Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Pin
  • 2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year
  • 2012 Canadian Sport Awards Spirit of Sport Story of the Year
  • 2012 Inductee into the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition
  • 2012 TVO Kids "Super Citizen" Award
  • #10 on CTV Kitchener Top 10 Stories of 2012
  • In the 20 of 2012 on CHCH TV
  • Finalist for Global Marathon Swimming Awards 2012 Solo Swim of the Year (Female)
  • Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award
  • Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship
  • Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship
  • 2013 Independent Order of Foresters International Fraternal President's Award
  • 2013 Honorary Commissioner of the Inaugural Maple Leaf sports & Entertainment Team Up Challenge
  • 2014 Haldimand/Norfolk Soroptimist "Violet Richardson Award" winner
  • Named a member of Ripley's Aquarium Canada "Marine Teen" Youth Advisory Council
  • 2014 Dr. Brian Luke Spirit of Trillium Award
  • Presented the Peace Tower Canadian Flag from September 1, 2014 by Minister Diane Findley MP on behalf of PM Stephen Harper


Trinity Arsenault became the youngest person to cross Lake Ontario on August 4, 2014, at 14 years 71 days old. Annaleise was 14 years 158 days old when she broke the previous record.


  1. ^ (August 19, 2012). "Annaleise's Radical Crossing". Archived from the original on August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Staff. "Teen nearing end of historic Lake Ontario swim, tops fundraising goal". Retrieved August 19, 2012.
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  4. ^ Tim Alamenciak (August 19, 2012). "14-year-old attempts youngest-ever swim across Lake Ontario". Toronto Star. Toronto, Ontario. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Tim Alamenciak (August 19, 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 August 19, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Staff (August 19, 2012). "Teen swimmer completes historic Lake Ontario crossing". CTV News. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Annaleise Carr (August 19, 2012). "Annaleise's Lake Ontario Crossing". Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Teen attempts historic Lake Ontario swim". Toronto Star. August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  9. ^ Monte Sonnenberg (August 22, 2012). "Parade planned in Carrs' honour". Brantford Expositor. Simcoe. Retrieved August 22, 2012.