Jill Yoneda will attempt to make history, as she looks to become the first to double-cross the Georgia Strait on August 3rd.
The 41-year-old competitive swimmer from Victoria plans to travel from Nanaimo to Sechelt and back, in a continual open water swim.
The 70-kilometre swim is expected to take 24 hours to complete, all in an effort to raise $5,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
“We’re so grateful to have Jill’s support as she undertakes this incredible physical challenge,” says Canuck Place CEO, Margaret McNeil. “Jill’s courage and ambition inspire us all and her fundraising will make a big difference in the lives of Canuck Place children and families across BC.”
Jill is attempting the gruelling swim with a history of numerous physical challenges, leading to over 15 surgeries, including three spinal disc implants, with more on the horizon. She was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease, compartment syndrome, and a rare condition known as popliteal artery entrapment syndrome.
Despite these setbacks, Jill has achieved three national records in the extreme sport of free diving, even becoming a member of Team Canada.
“I once read that ‘courage is a certain endurance of the soul,’” said Jill. “I see the courage of Canuck Place children and families, the power of the human spirit. I will feel my swim is ultimately successful if it provides a platform to start a conversation about Canuck Place care and how valuable it is.”