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Monday Morning Motivation – Marilyn Bell

29 Feb
Front page of The Globe and Mail, September 10, 1954

Front page of The Globe and Mail, September 10, 1954

Marilyn Grace Bell Di Lascio is a retired Canadian long distance swimmer. She was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954 and (at the time of completion in 1955) was the youngest person to swim the English Channel. In 1956 she swam the Strait of Juan de Fuca, before retiring from distance swimming… however, her story doesn’t end there.

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal has now taken up the story again, 60 years after Marilyn’s last distance swimming feat. It’s a great article about how a 98 year old has persuaded Bell Di Lascio back into the water: A Swimming Hero Relearns How to Swim

I’m impressed by the goal that Bell Di Lascio has set for her 80th birthday – let’s hope she achieves it!