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OA Masters Swimmer Ranie Pearce swims the Channel!
August 2011 From her blog...
"I wish I could express the depth of my feelings regarding all of the emails and Facebook postings and tweets I received during and after my swim. I had over 400 emails and every one was encouraging and joyful and helpful and supportive. I especially loved the photos posted of the bead bracelets on face book. The number of people staying up late into the night watching my dot crawl across the channel was unbelievable. And several people just hauled off and called my phone in the middle of the night to say, "Keep going". It was the most amazing out pouring of love and support. People were watching and worried. I'm not sure my mom and dad will forgive me. Too nerve wracking. I must admit, the pressure not to let you all down was a driving force in my sucess, and when JP called I told him that I was going to make it, so after a few more hours and I seemed to be no closer, I was sorry I'd promised him. But it all worked out in the end, and I love you all for the messages. The internet might have it's bad points, but this is an amazingly powerful use of the world wide web. I am blown away by the gift you have all given me. This has been an amazing journey and while I can't really remember what it was like, I am glad I did it. There were dark times, and highs, and I well know that I couldn't have done it without you all."
July 2011: OA Master’s swimmer swimming the English Channel!
In an email, she says, “I just wanted to touch base with you to say thank you again for all of your encouragement and support. I am leaving a week from Wednesday (August 3rd) and my window of opportunity opens August 7-12. I will proudly wear my OA cap. Think good thoughts for me to have warm water and calm seas for my crossing. There is nothing left for me to do except eat, sleep and swim a bit... and mentally prepare for success. This has been an amazing journey and I am grateful for your support. This has been a time of great joy in my life.” All the best, Ranie;
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