A Penticton teen is swimming 32 KM in Okanagan Lake to lift cash for the Alzheimer’s Society in honor of her grandma
A Penticton teen who’s been open swimming since she was 10 years outdated is utilizing her skills to assist increase cash for a trigger near her coronary heart.
“On August 14, I will be swimming from Peachland to Penticton to lift cash for Alzheimer’s analysis as a result of this previous March, my grandmother died of Alzheimer’s and he or she’d been affected by it for over 10 years,” Issie Grecoff mentioned.
“This illness actually runs in my household, even on my dad’s facet.”
The now sixteen-year-old simply returned house from California after swimming on the Far Westerns Championships.
“I have been competitively swimming for 9 years now. I race within the pool all year long after which in the summertime, I sort of change to open water.”
Grecoff has accomplished the three and seven-kilometre Rattle Snake Island swims, in addition to the 11.8 km Skaha Lake Extremely Swim.
Again in 2019, Grecoff raised $4000 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada by Extremely swim.
“So every year I sort of wished to construct up my swimming distance, increase extra money, however due to COVID I sort of needed to take a break from doing that. So that is the primary yr I have been capable of up my distance and attempt to increase extra money.”
In 2020, Grecoff did her personal open water swim in Quebec, swimming 24 kilometers in Lake St. John.
When she takes on the Okanagan Lake swim subsequent Sunday, Grecoff can be dealing with a distance of 32 kilometers.
“It is gonna be most likely round 12 hours. I did my 24 kilometers in seven hours. So I am anticipating it to be somewhat bit slower on the finish, for the final 10 kilometers,” she mentioned.
Grecoff can be utilizing a wetsuit, consuming a lot of heat fluids and totally different stroke kinds to maintain her physique heat all through.
“We even have Float Okanagan from Kelowna, who’s sponsoring us, and so they’re donating a ship for my swim. In order that’s actually wonderful,” she added. “The boat is gonna observe me all through the entire swim and could have all my meals on board and all of the issues that I want. After which we’ll even have like somewhat Kayaker and paddle-boarder to be nearer to me… simply to ensure I am all protected.”
Up to now, Grecoff has raised virtually $3500 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada with a aim of reaching $5K.
Help is coming from household, pals and neighbors to assist out Grecoff.
“I’ve heard again from some folks that I do not even know that they’re like, ‘Yeah, this illness touches my household and I am actually pleased that you simply’re elevating cash for this.’ So I actually hope folks perceive that this implies lots to me and it additionally impacts plenty of totally different folks too.”
“I simply actually hope that individuals will come to the end and donate a bit.”
For extra info on Grecoff’s swim and to donate, go to her web site right here.