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 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 and has earned an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University in recognition of her outstanding achievements and service. 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.

In 2015, Vicki did us the honour of being the official starter for the inaugural North Shore Challenge. We appreciate all the guidance and encouragement she has given to us, and to all swimmers she touches.