Monday Morning Motivation – Marilyn Bell

Marilyn Bell sitting on the edge of a swimming pool

Marilyn Bell (aka Marilyn Grace Bell Di Lascio) is a retired Canadian long-distance swimmer. She was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario in 1954. At the time of completion in 1955, she 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.

Marilyn Bell on the front page of The Globe and Mail, September 10, 1954
Bell on the front page of The Globe and Mail, September 10, 1954

What now for Marilyn Bell?

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

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

4 Responses

  1. 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. 🙂

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