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Natalie Lambert

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Natalie Lambert

Natalie Lambert is a Canadian open water swimmer who specializes in butterfly and marathon swimming. Natlie's older sister Jenna Lambert became the first female with a disability to swim across Lake Ontario in July of 2006. Her swims have raised money for the “Swim the Difference” campaign for the Kingston YMCA's "Y Knot Abilities" program, run by Vicki Keith and supported by her husband John Munro in his Y Knot Marathon. The program gives children with disabilities a chance to find success through achievement, in a fun and friendly environment.

Marathon Swimming in the Great Lakes[edit]

  • She set a record for crossing Lake Erie in butterfly in 2008 at the age of 14 years 11.9 miles in 7 hours 47 minutes from Crystal Beach in Ontario to Sturgeon Point in New York.
  • She became the youngest to cross Lake Ontario on 28 August 2007 at the age of 14 years 27 days, on its eastern route, ending in Kingston, Ontario. She swam the 35-mile course in 23 hours 15 minutes from Sackets Harbor in New York to Confederation Park, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, coached by Vicki Keith.
  • She made several attempts to cross the other direction across Lake Ontario between 2007 and 2008.

The Great Lake Adventure[edit]

Lambert participated in 65 km The Great Lake Adventure, a 24-hour marathon swimming charity relay in Lake Ontario that includes Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert, and Vicki Keith in August 2014.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination[edit]

"With dreams of swimming 305 km (189 miles) from west to east across Lake Ontario, an 8-person Canadian team led by Vicki Keith was repeatedly thwarted by weather, winds and unexpectedly cold water temperatures. But the group kept training, waiting and wondering when their window of opportunity would reveal itself. The members of the Great Lake Adventure maintained their faith in themselves, their teammates, and the weather conditions, never forgetting Keith’s advice to seek Big Hairy Audacious Goals and her personal example to Dream, Believe, Laugh, Achieve, and Inspire. They changed plans and adjusted courses in Lake Ontario to ultimately complete 65 km in 24 hours by a team that included 4 disabled swimmers and 5 teenagers. For proving that success can be achieved under unexpected conditions, for completing a 24-hour non-stop relay under difficult conditions, for never giving up their dreams and hopes to mark their mark in Lake Ontario, the Great Lake Adventure with Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, and Jenna Lambert is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees[edit]

1. Beyond Avalon by Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, Jonathan Hands, Nick Jeffery, Terry Hirt (U.S.A.)
2. Curaçao Channel Crossing by Niko Kluyver, André Nottelman, Erwin Ruijsink (Curaçao)
3. Cyprus Israel Swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun (Israel)
4. Diomede Islands Swim by Alexandr Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (Russia)
5. English Channel Crossing by Cyril Baldock (Australia)
6. Great Lake Adventure by Vicki Keith, Abi Tripp, Nick Streicher, Michelle Sempowski, Natasha Dobson, Harley Bolton, Natalie Lambert, Jenna Lambert (Canada)
7. International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
8. Lake Ontario Crossing by Trinity Arsenault (Canada)
9. Madagascar Swim by Thane Guy Williams and Jonno Proudfoot (South Africa)
10. Manhattan Island Marathon Swim by Kristian Rutford (U.S.A.)
11. Mallorca 360° Circumnavigation Swim by Richard Krugel (South Africa)
12. Monterey Bay Crossing by Patti Bauernfeind (U.S.A.)
13. Prison Island Swims by Jacques Tuset (France)
14. Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by Charlotte Samuels (U.S.A.)
15. U.S. Lifeguarding Champions by Monmouth County Lifeguards (U.S.A.)

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