4th Annual Tickle Swim For Mental Health – Save The Date August 16th (weather permitting)
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Media Cover of the Tickle Swim 2015
Tickle Swim 2015 postponed due to weather. Rescheduled for August 19th.
Save The Date… The 3rd Annual Tickle Swim for Mental Health is August 18th, 2015
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2nd Annual Tickle Swim for Mental Health in support of CMHA-NL
Press for the Tickle Swim
CBC NEWS Mayoral candidate swims Tickle for mental health
NTV – Sheilagh O’Leary Swims 5KM For Mental Health Awareness
TA Loeffler's blog- Dreaming in Public
Paul Swam the Tickle in just under 1:10! Fantastic achievement, well done Paul! You can see his GPS tracked route here.
What made you decide to swim the Tickle?
I chose to swim the tickle as it has been a goal of mine since I started swimming open water a few years ago. It just seemed like a really fun goal as it, the Tickle, is well known but not too many people have swam it.
How did you prepare for the Swim?
I am pretty lucky to know a good group of swimmers who like to swim distance in the ponds during the summer. I did my best to get out in the pond a few times a week with them so as to build my endurance. I did not swim competitively when I was younger so swimming A LOT helped to compensate for my lack of technique. I also did a shorter 3K ocean swim to Random Island with 2 friends/swimmers a few weeks before the Tickle which helped my confidence for the Tickle swim.
What was your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was/is my unrealistic fear of large marine life. With my swimming wetsuit, cap, etc… I didn't think the temperature would be issue, but all I kept thinking, foolishly, was that I'd see a whale go by below me . . . and that would have been a little overwhelming. ha
How did you find the Tickle Swim?
It went great actually. Perfect even. I had a great kayaker (Darren McDonald) there to support me, one of my good friends and training partners (Barry Yetman) swimming close by, and the conditions were ideal. There was a little swell on, but no chop on the water so that allowed me to just get in a rhythm and aim for the beach.
How do you feel now that you have completed the challenge?
I find it hard to articulate an answer for this but I'll try.
The whole experience has been great. I accomplished a personal goal and by doing that people have been donating to an association/cause that I truly believe is essential in our society.
Why did you choose to fundraise for CMHA NL?
I won't go into too much personal detail here, but over the years I have struggled at times with my own issues and, fortunately, have progressed through them positively with the help of family, friends, athletic pursuits and information. There are a lot of people out there who can benefit from what the CMHA NL has to offer so helping in any way I can, in this case swimming to fund-raise and increase awareness, just seemed right.
I have wanted to swim a long distance in the ocean ever since I was a child. When I saw Sheilagh O'Leary had a Tickle Swim for Mental Health planned, I jumped at the chance to join her. It was a great opportunity to mix a childhood dream with fundraising for a worthwhile cause. The Canadian Mental Health Association works hard to educate the public about the impact of mental health issues and to remove the stigma. I began training in March. I swam twice a week in the Aquarena and did some pond swimming when it warmed up outside. It turned out that I did not train as much as I had planned. I was pretty nervous in the days leading up to the swim. Not having trained according to schedule made me even more nervous.
The biggest challenge for me leading up to the event was fear of failing. Then I saw that Diana Nyad had four attempts at her magnificient swim and I decided that the only failure would be if I failed to try. Physical activity has a huge impact on my health, physical and mental. I believe this is true for everyone. Hopefully, the money raised and the publicity garnered can send this message to the public. The swim was a fantastic event for me. I felt brave for trying something I did not know if I could do. Definitely a highlight of my year. I look forward to doing it again next year. You know how we all have days when we don't want to get out of bed? Well, next year I'm swimming for everyone who couldn’t get out of bed.
I am so incredibly blessed to live out my lifelong dream of swimming a channel… the Bell Island Tickle, with the help, friendship and support of so many people!!
To Bev Hiscock Cmhanl and Executive Director, George Skinner of CMHANL for believing I could do it in an effort to raise awareness and funds for mental health in NL.
To boat safety support: Alfred Marshall and the amazing Canadian Coast Guard
To the gracious Mayor Gary Gosine, for your warm blankets, tea and hospitality.
And to all you dreamers out there…. we did it and so can you. Go for it!
In amongst the discomfort of a cold sea and gulps of salt water, I was just astounded at the natural beauty we are so fortunate to live in. God bless NL. Thank you so much and please, it is not too late to donate to this worthy cause… mental health affects everybody and ridding our society of the stigma of mental health issues is crucial.