9-year-old makes a splash

Madison Erhardt

Most people wouldn’t think of swimming across Okanagan Lake, but nine-year-old Amelia-Ahn Lou isn't daunted by the challenge.

She'll be among those hitting the water Saturday morning in the annual open-water swim. 

“I can’t wait to look out at the lake and be able to say, ‘I swam that, and I can do anything,'" says the plucky swimmer. 
The Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim is marking its 70th anniversary this year. 

Each summer, swimmers of all ages and abilities challenge themselves to swim 2.1 kilometres across the lake.

The race splashes off at 8 a.m. from the old ferry docks in West Kelowna. The course runs parallel to the north side of the Bennett bridge and finishes at Hot Sands Beach in Kelowna City Park.

Amelia-Ahn's mom, Victoria, couldn't be prouder of her daughter. 

"It really means so much because I personally am not too comfortable in the deeper end. So to just see a tiny little peanut swimming across and seeing her dad train with her, I'm really baffled. I am very, very, very proud," she said. 

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