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Y Knot Tri

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Do you believe that penguins can fly? Jenna Lambert an athlete with a physical disability did when she swam across Lake Ontario, and her sister Natalie did when she swam the lake at 14 years of age, or how about Eva Hogan who just set the Canadian record in the 50 metre breaststroke.

Since 2001, the Kingston Family YMCA Penguins under the guidance and encouragement of marathon swimmer Vicki Keith have proven to everyone that they can see past their disabilities and focus on their abilities and possibilities.

What started as a swim team has now expanded into the Y Knot Abilities Programs, where kids can come and play all sorts off integrated activities and sports.

To raise awareness for the Y Knot Abilities Programs, to raise funds to expand the program and to encourage other YMCAs to develop their own Y Knot Abilities Programs, Vicki Keith and the kids in the Y Knot Abilities Programs are going to challenge themselves by participating in a 420 kilometer triathlon.

The Y Knot Tri is an awareness and fund raising triathlon with the theme of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The participants will include the members of the Y Knot Abilities Programs and their coach, world class marathon swimmer Vicki Keith. The event will commence in Toronto August 4th, 2008 and finish on or about August 8th in our Nation’s Capital at the Metro Ottawa YMCA.

The Y Knot Tri will consist of a:

70 kilometer swim from Scarborough to Port Hope
240 kilometer cycle from Port Hope to Brockville
110 kilometer run/wheel from Brockville to Ottawa

The triathlon will feature Vicki Keith, representing yesterday, completing a shoreline marathon swim from Scarborough to Port Hope. Marathon swimmers and sisters, Jenna and Natalie Lambert, the athletes of today, will cycle from Port Hope to the Brockville YMCA, and Y Knot Abilities Program participants, the athletes of tomorrow, will run or wheel in relay fashion from the Brockville YMCA to the Metro Ottawa YMCA.

The Y Knot Tri’s primary objective is to showcase the abilities of young people with physical disabilities.

In concert with this objective we hope to educate the general public and YMCA’s across Ontario and Canada of the value of delivering the Y Knot Abilities Programs.

The Y Knot Abilities Programs are a unique initiative created by Vicki Keith, to provide youth with physical disabilities and their able-bodied siblings sport and recreational opportunities. The programs provide a safe, fun environment where children can play, learn and explore the joys of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Able-bodied children have hundreds of sporting opportunities in our community. Special Olympics programs for young people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities are thriving. The Y Knot Abilities Programs answer a similar need for children with physical disabilities.

All participants in Y Knot Abilities Programs from across the province and anybody who would like to see Y Knot Abilities Programs in their own community will be invited to walk along with the athletes for the last 2 kilometers of the journey.

SWIM: Vicki will climb into the water at Rouge Beach in Scarborough, August 4th at 7:00 in a.m., and swim to Marina Beach Park at the foot of King St. in Port Hope(70 KM).


BIKE: Jenna and Natalie Lambert, will cycle and hand cycle from Marina Beach Park in Port Hope to the Brockville YMCA at 345 Park Street (240 Km).


RUN: The young people of the Y Knot Abilities Programs will run, walk or roll from the Brockville YMCA to the Metro Central Ottawa YMCA at 180 Argyle Ave. on August 8th. (110 Km)

How Can You Help?

Come on out and cheer them on. Please make a donation, so that more young Canadians with physical disabilities can reach their goals and dreams.

You can make a contribution by:

  • Calling the Kingston Family YMCA at 613-546-2647
  • Clicking on the Canada Helps button.
  • Sending a cheque to the Kingston Family YMCA, 100 Wright Crescent, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 4T9. Please write Y Knot Tri in the memo area.
  • Donating along the route. Volunteers with marked donation pails will be accompanying the road portions of the triathlon.
  • Dropping into any Y, along the route and making a donation to support the kids.