Monday Morning Motivation – Marilyn Bell

29 Feb
Front page of The Globe and Mail, September 10, 1954

Front page of The Globe and Mail, September 10, 1954

Marilyn Grace Bell Di Lascio is a retired Canadian long distance swimmer. She was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954 and (at the time of completion in 1955) was the youngest person to swim the English Channel. In 1956 she swam the Strait of Juan de Fuca, before retiring from distance swimming… however, her story doesn’t end there.

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal has now taken up the story again, 60 years after Marilyn’s last distance swimming feat. It’s a great article about how a 98 year old has persuaded Bell Di Lascio back into the water: A Swimming Hero Relearns How to Swim

I’m impressed by the goal that Bell Di Lascio has set for her 80th birthday – let’s hope she achieves it!

4 Responses to “Monday Morning Motivation – Marilyn Bell”

  1. eat2healthblog 29/02/2016 at 11:12 am #

    So inspirational; a 13-mile Hudson River swim (what a rock star)! We hope that she achieves this goal too; we definitely need to take a page out of her book. Thanks for sharing this great article. 🙂

    • tamsynsmith 29/02/2016 at 8:02 pm #

      It’s an amazing goal, isn’t it? I know many excelent swimmers who are less than half of Marilyn’s age who wouldn’t contemplate swimming that far!

      • eat2healthblog 01/03/2016 at 9:10 am #

        Yes exactly; it’s incredible. 🙂

  2. PedalWORKS 29/02/2016 at 3:32 pm #

    I was a kid living in Toronto in 1954 and know the Marilyn Bell well. I have often wondered what happened to her. Thanks for sharing this story.

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