On Sunday, May 20, 2012, six San Pedro High School students took it upon themselves to organize a swim challenge that would not only demand much of their physical abilities, but would also demand much attention to the state of our coral reef and the personal health of everybody.
The team, lead by 18-year-old Eric Donis, set out to swim from Caye Caulker to San Pedro, a 15-mile distance that would challenge them to prove to people that living healthy lives is the best way to go and also create awareness during Reef Week about the need to keep our coral reef healthy.
The swimming team consisted of Eric Donis, Mario Donis, Emir Marin, Joey Melgar, Christopher Melgar and Brandon Santos.
It was four o’clock in the morning and the swimming team and I were all ready to get the challenge started.
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#438111 - 05/16/1212:56 PMRe: San Pedro Teens Take on Swim Challenge
The swim these boys did was actually on Sunday May 13, 2012. The swimmers finished their 18 mile swim just ahead of the Kayakers coming in to their finish line. The swimmers were in the water for 7 hours, beginning their trek at 5:00 AM. I was SO impressed with these boys, but SO disappointed in the lack of recognition that day for what they accomplished. There were MANY rewards and recognitions for the kayakers, and, yes, there should have been, but no prizes and little praise for the swimmers. The community needs to support our youth that are making good choices, helping the community, respecting the environment and being good role models.
#438112 - 05/16/1201:03 PMRe: San Pedro Teens Take on Swim Challenge