Local swimmer participating in The Big Swim in support of Brigadoon Village

The Big Swim will see 49 swimmers and kayakers attempt to cross the Northumberland Strait Sunday.

The event involves swimmers, who are paired with support kayakers, travelling more than 14 kilometres across the strait in support of Brigadoon Village. 

Twenty-eight of the swimmers are living in Nova Scotia, 14 in New Brunswick, 3 in Alberta, 3 in Ontario, and 1 on PEI.

Locally, 15-year-old Amy Barnhill of the Truro Centurion Swim Team will be participating in the event. 

Barnhill usually competes at the provincial level and has been named the senior female athlete of the year for the Truro Centurion Swim Club.  

The funds raised through the event will go to Brigadoon Village, a non-profit recreational facility which delivers camp programming to Atlantic Canadian children, youth, and families living with a chronic illness, chronic condition, or special need.

The goal is to raise $150,000 this year. 

Participants entered the water at the base of the Confederation Bridge near Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick around 7 a.m.

The swimmers are set to arrive in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island at the base of the bridge within three to eight hours. 

You can keep track of the swimmers online as they journey across the strait as each kayaker they are paired with is outfitted with a Spot GPS that will update every ten minutes.