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After the medals had been handed out and as the stage was being dismantled, there was still one swimmer in the water completing the 2.1 km Across the Lake swim in Kelowna, B.C.
When organizers asked the swimmer if they could pull her up onto the boat she replied: “No damn way.”
That swimmer was 70-year-old Linda Sharp, who competed in the race across Okanagan Lake for the first time in her life.
Although most of the crowds had long since left, there was a group of about 100 watching an up-close demonstration on the power of perseverance.
This story was originally published on CBC News. To read the rest of this news worthy story, please visit https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/slowest-swimmer-makes-big-splash-at-annual-kelowna-race-1.4752592?cmp=rss.