Hey LOSTies,  

So if you missed the swim last week or had to run after the swim (literally or figuratively), you missed Laura Young’s book launch of her book “Solo, yet never alone:  Swimming the Great Lakes.”  It was great for everyone to meet Laura and ask her questions about her experience writing the book and talking to all the amazing swimmers that she interviewed for the book.  Quite an amazing collection of very impressive swimmers were on hand and lots of mutual book signings took place too!

Thanks Laura and good luck with the book!  If you are interested in buying a copy from Laura you can get her at:  leyoung552@gmail.com or 705-522-3977.

Cheers,

Rob

Also, here is the story from the Oakville Beaver about the launch!

Jul 08, 2014 

Oakville marathon swimmers featured in new bookMembers of the Oakville-based Lake Ontario Swim Team (LOST) will have particular interest in Laura Young’s first published book.

The Sudbury author was at the Central branch of the Oakville Public Library Saturday for a launch promoting Solo, Yet Never Alone: Swimming the Great Lakes, a book that describes swimmers who have swum across the large lakes in southern Ontario.

Featured in the book are LOST swimmers Rob Kent, Madhu Nagaraja and Melanie Price, who all have their own individual chapters. Price successfully crossed Lake Ontario from Port Dalhousie to Oakville in 2011, and Kent and Nagaraja followed suit the next year.

Among the other subjects interviewed for the book are Marilyn Bell (the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, 60 years ago) and Vicki Keith (the first to swim across all five Great Lakes, doing so in a two-month period).

Many LOST swimmers attended Saturday’s launch after their regular two-hour swim in Lake Ontario. The launch included a panel discussion and an audience question-and-answer period about the challenges of swimming the Great Lakes.

Rebekah Boscariol, 19, also attended the launch. Boscariol crossed Lake Ontario from Niagara-On-The-Lake to Toronto in 2011 and will attempt another crossing later this summer.

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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!

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