Susan Simmons is an open water swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In 2011, she swam in her first open water ocean swim as part of an women’s relay team 34K across the Salish Sea. In 2012, she will attempt her first 10K solo ocean swim.

She writes about her motivation here:

I’ve often wondered if I would do less than I do if I didn’t have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Swimming across the Strait of Georgia is definitely one of those things I agreed to do that leaves me wondering where my motivation comes from.

In the spring of 2011 a good friend of mine, Karen, asked if I would join her and two other women (Jennifer and Rhonda; both from Kelowna) in a swim across the Strait of Georgia, a body of water between Vancouver’s mainland and Vancouver Island. We would form an all women’s relay: the Georgia Girls. The Georgia Strait is a 35 kilometre crossing in 15ºC waters. With each relay swimmer changing each hour, the crossing can take between 9 and 12 hours. My portion of the swim: 3 swims between 3 and 4 kilometres each.

Read more here. Part II is here.

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