Athlete Profile – LifeLabs’ Natalie Ceccato

It’s not our style at LifeLabs to always go with the flow and to swim alongside the other fish. In order to continue building a healthier Canada we know it’s important that we sometimes go against the current, embrace challenge, and do the unthinkable. Though doing so does not just happen overnight. It takes courage, planning, and most importantly, a … Read More

Buy “Solo, Yet Never Alone” at the North Shore Challenge!

There are so many amazing stories of courage, determination, and absolute insanity when it comes to Open Water Swimming and the Great Lakes, someone ought to write a book! Well, guess what? Somebody already has! Meet Laura E. Young. Laura is an award winning journalist, endurance sport enthusiast, lifelong swimmer, race director of the Ian McCloy Island Swim (more about … Read More

Swim & Win with FINIS and the North Shore Challenge

From the very beginning of the North Shore Challenge, FINIS has been a key partner. This year, we will be featuring over $1000 worth of FINIS gear as prizes for our swimmers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this amazing company, here is your primer. FINIS strives to simplify swimming through innovation, high-quality products and a commitment to … Read More

Can You Bring the Whole Family to the North Shore Challenge? YES!

With less than a month to go before the Third Annual North Shore Challenge for Camp Trillium, you have probably begun to plan your race weekend. “But Mr. Race Director,” you are probably asking yourself, “should I be bringing my whole family with me? What is there to do in Turkey Point?” Well, let me tell you! Despite being a … Read More

Water to Wine, Lake to Grapes; A Perfect Pairing!

It’s not every day that an Open Water Swim race is sponsored by a winery. But then, the North Shore Challenge is not your average OWS. And Burning Kiln Winery isn’t your average Winery. Norfolk County, on the north shore of Lake Erie, has quietly become one of Canada’s fastest growing wine regions, so to us, the partnership seemed natural. … Read More

Diving In with Olympian Special Guest, Zsofi Balazs

Although it has been a passion for swimmers ever since Captain Matthew Webb crossed the English Channel in 1875, open water marathon swimming only became an Olympic event in 2008. Since then, only three swimmers have competed for Canada in Olympic open water: Richard Weinberger, Stephanie Horner, and this year’s North Shore Challenge special guest, Zsofi Balazs. Race co-director Josh … Read More

The Team Challenge – The newest Challenge on the North Shore

As registrations begin to roll in for the 2017 North Shore Challenge, there have been many questions about our newest addition: The Team Challenge. Hopefully, this primer can help to clear a few things up. The Team Challenge is an opportunity for swimmers to use their swim community to help them reach their goals. While it was designed to encourage … Read More


Hello Swimbuddies! We wanted to share more details about the TEAM CHALLENGE, the newest adventure you can take part in on the North Shore. While swimming is an individual sport, we all know what a big part the social aspect of swimming, and being a part of a team of like-minded athletes helps our training. We at the North Shore … Read More

Mairi MacGregor

Three years ago 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 … Read More

The Normandale Century Inn

The Normandale Century Inn, located in the heart of Norfolk County, was built in 1875 by John Dey Post and was originally named the Normandale General Store. Since then it has been owned by various entrepreneurs and remained a general store until 1996 when the current owners, Hans and Brenda, expanded this local store to include an inn and restaurant. … Read More

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. Constantly surpassing the records of other swimmers as well as previous records of her own, Vicki is, to many, the face of marathon swimming in Canada. Her most recognised accomplishments include becoming the first person … Read More

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. He is also co-director of EMBRACE the CHALLENGE, a new GSS Lake Erie Crossing race, coming in … Read More

Annaleise Carr

Annaleise Carr 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. Through her Ripple Effect team, Annaleise has raised over $500,000 for Camp Trillium.

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.

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 has competed in every North Shore … Read More