Big Swim big success

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Kirk MacLeod completed his goal of swimming from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island in the “Big Swim.”

Kirk MacLeod and kayaker Jan-Sebastian la Pierre after the Big Swim.  The two crossed the Northumberland Strait in a little over six hours.  Money was raised for a camp for sick children.

MacLeod, a former local of Queens County, had recently gone through many surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy to treat cancer when he decided to get involved in the swim to get back in shape.

“I was only cleared to train at the end of May and started training in June...I began at zero. I couldn't even do basic exercises with weights. I wasn't a swimmer. I had never trained in swimming. My mom taught me to swim. With brilliant coaches, Court Wing and Max Wunderle, I did the impossible,” said MacLeod.

He finished his swim in six hours and 25 minutes, swimming over 17 kilometres. 

“When I was hurting and wanted to stop, I thought of everyone who donated,” said MacLeod.

MacLeod raised just over $13,000 for Brigadoon Village, a camp for sick children. 

Each of the 34 swimmers had a kayaker to keep an eye on them and to give them food and water.  Jan-Sebastian la Pierre, MacLeod’s kayaker, is raising money for Brigadoon Village by doing the Paddle 2 Sable. La Pierre’s group will paddle from Canso to Sable Island this August.

MacLeod wanted to thank everyone who donated and supported him.

“It was hard as hell but it was brilliant.”


Geographic location: Queens, Brigadoon Village, La Pierre Canso Sable Island

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Recent comments

  • Sara Bojarski
    August 18, 2013 - 20:52

    Congratulations Kirk ! You are an inspiration for anyone trying to overcome obstacles in their lives. Glad to hear you raised so much money for the camp ! You are a true hero !! Sincerely,Sara Bojarski (Allison's mom)

  • Heather Whynot
    August 15, 2013 - 09:37

    Congratulations Kirk on your big swim.Also thank you for donating to Brigadoon Village I have 2 nephews and a friend that go to camp every year,they have Autism. H Whynot , Port Mouton.