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John is pictured here with 11 year old Robert Hampson.

Robert is a blind athlete from Toronto, Ontario, who likes to participate in the Kingston Y Penguin camps. He and his brother and sister like to visit the Y Penguins practices when they can. When not swimming or being an honourary Fire Fighter, Robert collects pop can tabs to help purchase wheelchairs, medical devices and other equipment for children less fortunate than himself. Thatís quite a tall order, when you also know that Robert has been battling a brain tumour for over half his life.

 

The Y Knot Marathon 2003 Canada Day Float is being prepared for the Bath Canada Day Parade.

 

John is pictured here giving a short speech during the Bath Canada Day Opening Ceremonies. Pictures with John (second from left) are (l-r) Ron Anders, Vicki, Loyalist Township Councillor Joe Hudacin and Reeve Clayton McEwen. John and Vicki served as the Parade Marshals for the Bath Canada Day Parade.

 

Here John is making final preparations for his Canada Day Trial Swim from the Village of Bath to Amherst Island.

 

John leaving the Village of Bath.

 

John at the half-way point of the swim accompanied by Ted Gow (near kayak) and Vicki (far kayak)

 

Two hours and 20 minutes later, John arrives at Amherst Island. This trip normally takes 20 minutes by ferry.

 

John is pictured here being greeted by some of the nearly 200 people who showed up on the north shore of Amherst Island for the completion of the swim. 

 

Here John and Vicki along with some of the kids participate in the Amherst Island Canada Day Parade.

 

As part of the fundraising activities for the Y Knot Marathon a Cow Paddy Bingo was held. Pictured here is Firefighter Wayne Fleming (the Judge) and Farmer Adam Miller giving the cow last minute instructions. Unfortunately the cow refused to perform and a draw was held to determine the eventual winner.

 

Final preparations are being made for the Lake Erie Swim from Crystal Beach, ON to Sturgeon Point, NY.

 

John is pictured with Norman Ball, (a gentleman who walked over 8,000 miles in support of children at extreme risk around the world) Norman's wife Dianne, John and friend Bob Thompson. Norman, Dianne and Bob drove from Toronto to be at John's 7:00 a.m. start across Lake Erie.

 

John enters the waters of Lake Erie at Crystal Beach, Ontario.

 

Heather MacDonald (Left) & Vicki Keith accompany John at the beginning of his Lake Erie swim.

 

John was accompanied by members of the Fort Erie Fire Department (front) along with Burt Clark & Garry Vanzandt on Doctor's Orders (rear).

 

Two hours into the Lake Erie Swim John has his first feeding. Every two hours during the swim John would have a quick meal.

 

The approach to Sturgeon Point, New York

 

John is pictured here entering Sturgeon Point Marina approximately nine and a half hours after leaving Crystal Beach.

 

A successful crossing of Lake Erie, next stop Lake Ontario.