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Truro girl taking part in the Big Swim

Amy Barnhill is ready to take part in the Big Swim.
Amy Barnhill is ready to take part in the Big Swim. - Contributed

TRURO, N.S. - She’s a little uncomfortable about the creatures that might be in the water with her, but Amy Barnhill is going to tackle the Big Swim.

On Sunday, Aug. 12, the 15-year-old member of the Truro Centurions swim club, will join a group of people swimming across the Northumberland Strait, next to Confederation Bridge, from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.

“It’s 14 kilometres, but with waves it can be more like 18,” said Amy. “I haven’t taken part in the Big Swim before, but I have been swimming in open water for a couple of years.

“It’s very different from a pool. You can’t see anything and it’s colder. The first time, I found it hard to breathe. The salt water tastes bad and makes my lips puff up, but it’s easier to float in.”

She was inspired by people in her swim team who had participated in the event, and began taking part in long swims, and doing resistance training to help her make it through waves.

“I’ve been doing training swims with my kayaker (Chesley Earle), because if something goes wrong that’s the person I have to count on to help me,” she said.

“I’m a little nervous, not because of the swim itself, but because I’m scared I’ll see something in the water, but I know it’ll be fine.”

The Big Swim raises money for Brigadoon Village, a camp in the Annapolis Valley for young people living with chronic conditions and special needs.

It costs about $1,000 to send a child to camp for a week, and Amy set a fundraising goal of $1,500. She was thrilled when she saw the goal had been exceeded, and hopes people will continue to donate through her Give to Live page.

During the swim, on Sunday morning, Amy’s progress can be tracked in real time here.

The progress of all swimmers can be tracked here.

Visit the website for more information on Camp Brigadoon.

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