Tales of Champions (The Updater)

December 21, 2009

Photo courtesy of Nick Murray, Sport PEI

“The water was dirty and it was cold,” said Barbara McNeill of Summerside, of the water of the English Channel. “But after you’re in it for a few hours, your body adjusts to the temperature.”

It was McNeill’s third attempt at swimming from Dover, England to Cap Griz Nez, France, a 34-km distance. A storm greeted McNeill before France’s coast was within sight.

“The thing about the Channel is you never know what’s ahead of you. That’s why it’s such a challenge,” McNeill said. “A lot of it is mental determination.”

(You can read the rest of this article in the third issue of Island sports and entertainment magazine, The Updater. This story was a challenge for me because I know little about sports but I learned a lot in the process. Interviews include swimmer Barbara McNeill, Nick Murray of Sport P.E.I., boxing expert Wilf McCluskey and the museum’s portrait artist, Wayne Wright.)

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