Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Wil Wegman is better known for catching fish than swimming with them but it’s the latter that he will be doing once again on Sat., Aug. 6.

Wegman, of Bradford, will be swimming in the fish-filled waters of Orillia’s Lake Couchiching in his fourth Sun City Swim fundraising event, along with about 50 other dedicated swimmers.

In 2013, it took Wegman 1 hour and 35.5 minutes to cross ‘Cooch,’ and he raised more funds than any other swimmer. In 2014, he placed 15th (tops in his age category) and it took 1 hour 29.3 minutes. Last year, he knocked only a minute off his best time.

"I don’t think I can better that time, but I’m swimming laps five to six days a week, just to give it a good try,” Wegman said.
One of the factors that will influence everyone’s time is wind; and anglers such as Wegman know all too well that Cooch has a reputation for its rough water.

Another handicap that will likely afflict Wegman more than any other swimmer is his peculiar inclination to search for big bass instead of focussing on the task at hand. “I just can’t help myself! Whenever we cross a weed patch or isolated cover, I automatically start looking below for any of my beloved largemouth. My son Izaak, who paddles his kayak alongside as my spotter, is continually yelling at me to stop looking for fish,” Wegman said.
All proceeds from the Sun City Swim in 2016 will benefit the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka, supporting abused children. About The Child Advocacy Centre:
The Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka is a child-friendly and child-focused centre in which multidisciplinary professionals provide service to children and youth who have experienced abuse of any kind. This environment helps minimize trauma and fosters healing. Learn more at: For more information on the CAC Sun City Swim please visit: CACSM or call: 705-327-0118.

To support Wil’s fundraising efforts and his swim across Lake Couchiching, please visit his secure Canada Helps Giving Page before his swim: and follow the easy instructions provided.
Article and photo courtesy of Wil Wegman —

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