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Lauren Jawno Coaches Teen's Charity Swim Across Lake Ontario

August 8, 2011--Under the guidance and nutrition coaching of Lauren Jawno and swim coaching of Brian Lindsay, Rebekah Boscariol, 17, of Markham made a successful 52 kilometre swim across Lake Ontario motivated by a goal to raise $20,000 for Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital Cardiac Unit.

For three months leading up to and during Rebekah's fifteen and a half hour swim on August 6 and 7th, 2011, Lauren worked with her and guided the nutrition aspect in preparation for this marathon swim, which saw Rebekah put on 10 pounds of body mass, to help her maintain energy and warmth in the frigid waters.

On her blog, Boscariol said she was enjoying the process because she could “basically eat whatever I want, whenever I want, so my nutritionist, Lauren Jawno, told me today that I would have to gain about 12 lbs for the swim … We decided that the best way to do this would be the nutritious way, as in eating frozen yogurt instead of ice cream and real chocolate instead of milk chocolate.”

To refuel during the challenging and cold swim, Boscariol broke every half hour in the water to drink a warm mixture of carbohydrate powder with either Gatorade, eLoad, tea or chicken broth; and sometimes a few arrowroot cookies or plain crackers.

Battling cold and fatigue, as well as physical and psychological obstacles, Rebekah made it in just over 15-and-a-half hours, one of the fastest female swimmers to make the crossing since 16-year old Marilyn Bell first did it on Sept. 9, 1954.

"It was immensely gratifying to see Rebekah work so hard in preparation, stay motivated and meet her goal. I am honoured that I could play a part in helping her achieve such a remarkable accomplishment", said Jawno who stayed with her on the journey across the lake.

The teen's training was combined with her determination and commitment needed to succeed, and inspired by her younger sister, Sophia, 4. Sophia was born with a hole in her heart, which was repaired by doctors of The Cardiac Care Unit at Sick Kids earlier this summer. So far she has raised nearly $30,000.

Donations can be made at www.swimthedistance.com