“My crew and I are ready to go after dreaming of this challenge last year,” says photographer Meredith Novack.
“It is my first channel swim and I have learned so much this year. We really are the little engine that could with a big dream and the heart and determination to get it done.
There are 6 military, lifeguards, and firefighters on my crew on the tiniest fishing boat with no bathroom or outlet, but we are going to make this work.”
Besides her sponsors like Waterpro, Mokulele Airlines, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Aloha Salads, the Marsha Nadalin Salon, and The Surf Channel, Novack has received the support of many local channel swimmers from Bill Goding to Leahi Camacho.
“A few weeks ago, I called Leahi and asked her if she would let me borrow her Shark Shield. Leahi, sweetheart that she is, said yes right away. I am so thankful – since I am swimming in shark territory, it had weighed very heavily on my mind…“
The 37-year-old masters swimmer from Oahu hopes to achieve something more than just becoming the second women to complete this swim. “I hope to inspire others with a message of moving forward when facing adversity and never giving up on yourself no matter your age, gender or circumstance. If something challenging happens in your life, it’s all right to pause but not to stop. Never stop believing in yourself and keep moving forward.”
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