Because Girls Can Team Members


 Colleen Shields

Colleen Shields (61) ~ Successful Lake Ontario Crossings (August 1990 & August 2006)  * Colleen is as well, an official Swim Master for SSO (Solo Swims of Ontario) with a track record of bringing over 10 successful swimmers across the Lake.  *1993 ~ Successful Lake Huron – Tobermory to Manitoulin Island. *Coached Nicole Mallette across Lake Ontario. *Recipient of The Cliff Lumsdon Award for recognition of outstanding achievements in solo marathon swimming in Ontario. *Participated on Lake Ontario relay commemorating Marilyn Bell’s 50th anniversary of her crossing. *Colleen has been swimming for Etobicoke Masters Swim Club since 1981, (training 4 times a week) as well as competes.  Colleen has competed at the World Masters Championships in both pool and both open water events since 1985.   



Nicole Mallette




Nicole Mallette ~ (47) Successful Lake Ontario Crossing (August 1997)   *She has as well been a “preferred” pacer for many crossing of Lake Ontario.  *Nicole currently swims for the Etobicoke Masters Swim Club (training 4 times a week) since 1994 and still competes.  *Has competed at the World Master Championships in both pool and open water events, 2002, 2004, 2008 and recently 2012.  Her best achievement at Worlds to date, 10th in the World for the 400 I.M. race.   


 Samantha Whiteside



Samantha Whiteside ~ (23) Successful Lake Ontario Crossing (August 2006)  *On a record note.. Samantha was 72 seconds away from Cindy Nicholas’s Fastest Female Crossing of all time.

*Samantha is currently not training with or competing for a swim team but continues to train on her own time through her University time.






 Rebekah Boscariol




Rebekah Boscariol ~ (18)  Successful Lake Ontario Crossing (August 2011)   *Rebekah  was also nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association “Swim of the Year” and for Markham’s “Achievement and Civic Recognition Award.”

*Rebekah currently swims competitive for the Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S.







Mona Sharari



Mona Sharari ~ (18)  Successful English Channel Crossing (September 2012)  *Mona received two awards for her swim from the Channel Swimming Association, the Graeme Thompson trophy for the youngest successful swimmer of 2012.  *Mona received the Canadian Age Group Top 50 and MAC  Most Improved Swimmer Awards for 2011-2012

*Mona currently continues competitive swimming for Markham Aquatic Club (MAC).




OUR COACHES ~ Dedicated to our success

 Joni Maerten-Sanders

Joni Maerten-Sanders ~ Coach

Head Coach for the Wilmot Aquatic Aces.  *Joni was the Swim Coach on Samantha Whiteside’s Lake Ontario Crossing, August 2006.   *Among many other worthy notes for coaching, Joni was named Para coach for the Canada Games Team and has coached at the Global Games in Italy and Para Pan Pacs in Edmonton. 




Lisa Anderson


Lisa Anderson ~ Coach

Head Coach for Norfolk Hammerheads Aquatic Club.  *Lisa was the coach for Annaleise Carr this past summer in a record breaking “youngest female swimmer” to cross Lake Ontario. 










Thie C.L. Convery ~ Coach

Like any good Canadian, Thie’s formal introduction to swimming was through the Canadian Red Cross, as she earned her introductory swim badges. Almost 40 years later Thie learned “how to swim” and successfully crossed Lake Erie with less than a year of swim training under her belt.  Marathon swimming is a tool for Thie – she has used it in past fundraising endeavours. In her 2010 attempt of Lake Ontario, called the “Swim To End Polio”, she raised over $104,000 for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Since then Thie has coached and crewed on a number of open water marathon swims including, Lake Simcoe, Lake Muskoka, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the English Channel, and later this summer, Catalina Island to California.