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  Keith coming out of retirement to tackle
The Whig-Standard
Saturday, May 7, 2005

Local News - Kingston’s record-holding marathon swimmer Vicki Keith is coming out of retirement to swim Lake Ontario again.

This August, Keith says she’ll swim from Oswego, N.Y., to Kingston, an 80-kilometre journey, using her famed butterfly stroke, to raise money for the Kingston Family YMCA.

She hopes to raise $200,000 for construction of a new Y pool.

The swim is to begin, weather permitting, during the first week in August although a specific date will be based on weather conditions during that week.

Keith also hopes to set a new world record and to reach a personal goal of raising $1 million for charitable causes.

“I am climbing back into Lake Ontario this summer to reinforce in the minds of young people that nothing is impossible,” Keith said in a release. “I want to inspire the Y Knot children to reach greater heights. I want to give them the same thing I was able to give to the children at Variety Village – a place to belong.”

Keith developed the Y Knot program in 2001, an initiative that provides programs for children with disabilities.

Keith began her marathon swimming career at the age of 23 and now holds 14 world records.

Donations in support of the swim can be made by cash or cheque at the membership services desk of the Kingston Family YMCA at 100 Wright Cres.

The Y is finalizing plans for a major expansion that includes plans for a new 25-metre pool, expanded health, fitness and recreation areas, a regional physical activity training centre for children with physical disabilities, and improved services to youth, teens, adults and seniors.