Our Ambassadors

NSC Ambassadors are an amazing team of open water swimmers who are also big fans of the North Shore Challenge – and we are big fans of them! Keep an eye out for them at master’s swim meets, age group meets, triathlons, and other events, where they will be promoting the North Shore Challenge, and offering swag and discounts to interested swimmers.

We are always looking for new Ambassadors, especially in the following regions: Northern Ontario, U.S.A., International. If you are interested in becoming a North Shore Challenge Ambassador, please contact us: swimlakeerie@gmail.com or 519-761-7472.

Josh Reid

Josh Reid is a father, a teacher, a coach, and once of the co-directors of the North Shore Challenge. His passion for swimming comes out in everything he does. He was the 2015 30-39 men’s age group champion of the Global Swim Series, and followed that up with a 7th overall naked ranking in 2017. He is currently 20th in the naked men’s GSS rankings for 2018-2019. He is also series co-director of the SWOOWS.

Annaleise Carr-Haley

Annaleise Carr-Haley is one of the North Shore Challenge’s co-directors. In 2012, she became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario, following the traditional Marilyn Bell route. She has since also successfully crossed Lake Erie in 2014. In 2015, Annaleise was named to WOWSA’s list of the 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women. Through her Ripple Effect team, Annaleise has raised over $500,000 for Camp Trillium.

Swim Diesel

Since 2012 Michael Kenny has been on a journey as a Masters swimmer, which he documents on the swim blog, Swim Diesel. Michael was the 2015 GSS Men’s Naked Champion, and has competed at provincial, national, and international levels, both in the pool and in the lake. He lives his hashtag, #swimanything, everyday. Michael is also the series co-director of the SWOOWS.

Jennifer Agnew

Jennifer was the 2015 Women’s Naked GSS Champion. She swims out of the Windsor area, and loves open water swimming so much, she moved to a lake! Jennifer has competed in every North Shore Challenge since its inception.

Vicki Keith

An honorary North Shore Challenge Ambassador, Vicki Keith is one of the successful marathon swimmers in the history of the sport, holding 18 world records. Vicki is, to many, the face of marathon swimming in Canada. Her most recognized accomplishments include becoming the first person to swim across all five Great Lakes in 1988 and for being the only person to complete the 104 km double crossing of Lake Ontario. Vicki has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. In 1996 she was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 1998 she had her most famous arrival and departure point renamed after her. The headlands of the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto, are now called Vicki Keith Point.

Vicki is race director for Swim for Kids, another Ontario-based GSS race.

Mairi MacGregor

Mairi MacGregor decided to set a goal for her 50th birthday – to join masters swimming and compete in “A” swim meet. She joined the Oakville Masters swim team in 2013. She was hooked after that first meet and with lots of encouragement, continued to set new goals and went to the World’s Masters Games in Montreal in 2014. She says “I was so impressed with the athletes who continued to compete into their 90’s.”

In 2014 she did one open water swim and bought a wetsuit. In addition to Oakville Masters, she joined L.O.S.T. in 2015. There was a new challenge that year: Global Swim Series. She swam 8 competitions and won the women’s wetsuit division in 2015. Mairi is the captain of the Oakville Masters team for the 2019 North Shore Challenge.


Julia Notebomer

Junior Ambassador

Julia Notebomer began swimming when she was 6 and swims for the Wilmot Aquatic Aces. When she was 10 she decided to participate in the North Shore Challenge, her first ever open water swim, and fell in love. Her first words after finishing were: ‘that was amazing, it was like being in a rollercoaster!’  She was also a member of the first Team Challenge Cup winners. At age 11 she participated in the first Father’s Day classic open water 1 km swim and won! That same year she decided to really push herself and swam the 3.8 km at the North Shore Challenge. She is really passionate about Camp Trillium and honoured to be a Junior ambassador. In 2018 she raised 1300 dollars by having several lemonade stands in front of her house and in downtown Stratford. This made her the top fundraiser. Julia has donated her hair three times and has raised funds over the last years for cancer research. Her dream is to become a medical scientist and find a cure for cancer.