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YWCA Otters Youth Relay team plan to swim the English Channel

According to WCCO Eight teenagers on the YWCA Otters Youth Relay team will head to England in July to try to swim the English Channel. The water they will be swimming in will not be like anything they have swam in before. According to Wcco the English Channel is unpredictable because the waters are choppy and there is no way to know which way the current will be flowing. Completeing a challenging goal is not all the Otters are tryng to accomplish. According to WCCO they are also raising money to open up access to swimming lessons and aquatics to a part of the community that often has never jumped into a pool.

According to the StarTribune the team consists of seven girls and one boy all between the ages of 13 to 16 years of age. The team has been training in 60 degree water in hourlong shifts, with the actual distance depending of the English Channel. http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1027381.html

According to the YWCA website the swimmers plan to raise awareness about health disparities in communities of color. The swimmers are raising funds to support the work of the YWCA of Minneapolis with girls and boys, women, men and families in making healthy changes in their lives and communities.