Intrepid swimmer back home

The first Nova Scotian to swim across the English Channel is back on Canadian soil.

The first Nova Scotian to swim across the English Channel is back on Canadian soil.

Friends and family of Halifax’s Kristin Roe greeted her Thursday at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport with flowers and signs saying “Congratulations,” and waving Canadian and Nova Scotian flags.

The 29-year-old completed her swim in the chilly Channel waters last week.

Roe said she fought powerful tides and battled hunger and dehydration to reach her goal.

“I was sick from about Hour 4 to Hour 10, at least,” Roe said.

“I would ... throw up every 20 minutes.”

Roe completed the swim to raise money and awareness for Africa’s HIV/AIDS pandemic.

“I’m completely in awe,” said mother Janet Lebeau.

“I’m so glad it’s over. I’m very proud.”

 
 
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