An Extraordinary Challenge
Marilyn Korzekwa to swim the Cook Strait – New Zealand
This year, during the low tide window of March 16-20, I hope to become the first Canadian to swim the Cook Strait between the north and south islands in New Zealand. Colleen Shields will be accompanying me.
This 30 km swim is one of the toughest in the world, probably more difficult than the English Channel. Winds and waves from the Tasman Sea on the northwest and the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast funnel through the treacherous strait. The water temperature is a chilly 15–18 degrees Celsius. But the biggest challenge will be making progress against the immense tidal flow and avoiding the violent eddies. Tides are so unpredictable, they can flow in opposite directions in the strait simultaneously. Finally, about one in 10 swims see sharks. Since 1962, only 84 individuals have successfully crossed the individuals have successfully crossed the Cook Strait.
I am pleased to be able to use this opportunity to raise money for Sashbear, an organization founded by Lynn Courey, whose daughter, Sasha, a Toronto swimmer with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), died by suicide in 2011. Sashbear funds education programs for therapists, families and in schools. I have dedicated my psychiatric career to the treatment and research of BPD, which has a suicide rate of 10%. More treatment programs and support for families are desperately needed in Canada.
Please support my swim by donating to Sashbear.
Thanks for your consideration.
Cook Strait Swim