Samantha Whiteside, 17, has her hopes set on breaking a world record today.


And she’s determined not to let the frigid waters of Lake Ontario, her battle with juvenile arthritis or her young age get in the way.


Yesterday marked the second time the New Hamburg teen left the shores of Niagara-on-the-Lake to swim across Lake Ontario.


Last summer it took her a little more than 15 hours to cross the lake’s 52 kilometres. She was just 71 seconds shy of beating the women’s record.


This time she’s aiming to break the women’s record of 15 hours and 10 minutes, and the men’s record of 13 hours and 48 minutes.

“We trained harder and put a lot of extra stuff into it,” says her coach, Joni Maerten-Sanders.

All for a cause

  • Samantha Whiteside’s got more than just records on her mind — she’s also determined to raise $52,000 for The Arthritis Society.

  • So far she’s raised almost $50,000 for arthritis research and programs.