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2 Journeys 1 Dream

Jenna and Natalie Lambert are sisters who have dedicated the last 3 years of their life to helping others discover the Y Knot Abilities Programs.

The Y Knot Abilities programs are designed to help children with physical disabilities and their able-bodied siblings find pride and success through achievement. The program provides a place where young people can explore their abilities and find within themselves the confidence to pursue their goals and the capacity to develop the skills that will help them see the many possibilities for their future. We want our kids to see possibilities where others see impossibilities, to see challenges where others see obstacles and where others perceive disability, we want our kids to see and focus on their abilities.

This summer Jenna and Natalie are once again challenging themselves in an effort to demonstrate that nothing is impossible. Their goal is to test their physical limits while raising funds and awareness to help support the Y Knot Abilities Program in Kingston, while also encouraging other YMCA’s to start their own Y Knot Abilities Program.

Natalie will start off her summer in early July by attempting to set the speed record in Lake Erie, and then at the end of July, by facing the challenge of Lake Ontario once again. There is a fierceness in Natalie’s eye’s that says “nothing is going to stop me this time!”

Jenna who has been training ever since her record setting swim across Lake Ontario from Long Point NY to Kingston Ontario in August 2006 is set for her own ultra marathon event. Jenna has decided that she wants to complete an ultra-triathlon from Belleville to Ottawa to raise awareness of the needs of Y Knot Abilities Programs in every community. Jenna will swim from Belleville to Deseronto in the Bay of Quinte, then take to her Shark handcycle and ride along Hwy 2 from Deseronto, through Kingston, Brockville and then up to Manotick, where she will transfer to a wheelchair and finish the triathlon in Ottawa at the Metro Central YMCA.

Jenna and Natalie are both members of the Y Knot Abilities Programs and swim for the Kingston Y Penguins Aquatic Club. In the past three years they have raised over $250,000 to help build the new Kingston YMCA pool and to help support the Y Knot Abilities Programs. This summer, they are once again raising money to support the Y Knot Abilities Programs.
The Y Knot Abilities Programs are filled with young people like Jenna and Natalie, waiting for their chance to shine. Your support means the world to these kids. It provides new opportunities and possibilities. It helps them learn about abilities and overcoming challenges. It gives them freedom.

History

Jenna:

Jenna was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition which affects her ability to move about independently. When she was younger she used a wheelchair and walker for her mobility, but since joining the Y Penguins, her strength and balance has improved so much that she uses her forearm crutches almost exclusively. Jenna is a national level competitive Para Swimmer. She has competed at the national level for years and has won many medals at this level.

Natalie:
After 2 years and 3 attempts at a successful crossing of Lake Ontario, Natalie Lambert is once again preparing to make this historical swim. Natalie’s first experience in Lake Ontario found her 9 kilometres from completion and swimming in 3 metre swells. When she became violently sea sick she agreed to abort the effort rather than risk her health. 2 weeks later, she successfully swam a 54 kilometre crossing of Lake Ontario from Sackets Harbor NY to Kingston Ontario. The summer of 2008, Natalie became the youngest, fastest and first to swim across Lake Erie using the butterfly stroke. She once again faced Lake Ontario, but in her first attempt of the summer, and only 8 kilometres from completion, huge thunderstorms caused the early end to her attempt. 2 weeks later she once again climbed into Lake Ontario, but she was sick, she had a nasty cold. Because this would be her last opportunity to attempt the lake that summer she chose to go ahead, but she was pulled from the lake 18 kilometres in, shivering, sick and feeling the huge disappointment of wanting to achieve her dream, but not being able to surmount the obstacles placed in front of her.