Honu Para Swimming English Channel Crossing 2014

As most of you already know, in 2006 I started the Honu Para Swim Team for swimmers with a disability. For the past 8 years I have been coaching on a volunteer basis. This has been financially and personally very challenging but at the same time has been very rewarding. I am proud of the results achieved by my swimmers with a disability and honored to be able to be part of a swimmer’s life – a swimmer who faces a challenge every day, but who never gives up and never stops dreaming.

We are looking for your support and sponsorship of an event that will make history. Seven swimmers with a disability will cross the English Channel June 22–‐30, 2014. Swimming the English Channel is the Mount Everest of open water swimming–‐ the biggest open water challenge in the World.

Our team of international swimmers is comprised of dedicated, hard working achievers each of whom has had an outstanding swimming career, there are eleven Paralympic medals amongst them. Each of our swimmers shares a dream – a dream they wish to share with other Para swimmers.

The aim of the 2014 “Keep the Dream Afloat” relay is to start a non–‐profit organization for Swimmers with a disability to support low income athletes with a disability to join the sport of swimming –‐ to improve their health and lifestyle. The high profile event is also designed to create awareness of the challenges a person with disability faces. “Keep the Dream Afloat ” relay will be the start of an annual event.

Please take a moment to visit our campaign site and watch our team video @Pursu.it Under “Keep the Dream Afloat”. Substantial donations will receive a spot (for a name or logo) on our relay banner that will cross the channel with us.

We are very happy to have the full support from VRS, Vancouver Resource Society, if you need a charitable tax receipt please donate @ VRS / Fundraising / Donate today / “Keep the Dream Afloat” English Channel.

We thank you in advance for consideration of this request.

Thank you very much for your time and support,
Marianne Alvarez and The 2014 Honu Para Swim Relay team members


Amber Thomas-Canada : Lost her sight in 2003

  • Paralympic Games/Beijing/2008
  • Bronze and Gold/Paralympic Games/London/2012

Scott Patterson- Canada : Double Leg Amputee

  • finalist/Paralympics/Wheel Chair track/ Soel/1998
  • Bronze/Paralympics/Giant slalom/Salt Lake City/2002
  • Paralympics/ski/Torino/2006
  • Finalist/Paralympics/swimming/London/2012

Guillermo Marro-Argentina : Born with mobility dysfunction

  • Bronze/Paralympics/Sidney/2000
  • Silver/Paralympics/Athens/2004
  • Bronze/Paralympics/Beijing/2008
  • Finalist/Paralympics/London/2012
  • flag bearer/Argentina/ London/ 2012
  • 3 time world record holder
  • 4 time Para-Pan American champion

Pedro Rangel Haro-Mexico : Double leg amputee

  • bronze/Paralympics/Athens/2004
  • Gold/World Championship/ South Africa/2006
  • Gold/Paralympics/Beijing/2008
  • Bronze/Paralympics/ London/2012

Moises Fuentes- Colombia : Previously paraplegic, presently paraplegic and
amputated above right knee

  • Bronze/Paralympics/Beijing/2008
  • Silver/Paralympics/London/2012
  • Gold/World Championship/Canada/2013
  • Colombia’s first Paralympic medal

Enrique Guerrero-Mexico : Amputated leg below right knee

  • Youth Para-Pan American Games/ Colombia/2009

Isaac Aquino Zapata-Mexico: Born with congenital malformation of the left hand
(Amber’s guide)

  • Mexican open water swimmer, has crossed the open water challenge from Cancun to Isla
  • Mujeres twice
  • Gold in Mexican National Paralympics
  • Gold in Youth Para Pan-American Games/Colombia/2009
  • Started a foundation in Mexico for disabled athletes

One Comment on “Honu Para Swimming English Channel Crossing 2014”

  1. E Flores says:

    Hi, is this a relay crossing, or are they all swimming the complete 21 miles or so? I have conflicting info.

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