THE GOAL

On May 5th 2017,

The Pan-American Colibri  Crossing 

 

 

 

 

Raising

 

awareness​

 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”

Mother Teresa

Sting's Greeting

 
 

To bring awareness to immigration issues and raise money to alleviate the suffering of individuals whose family members die while crossing the US-Mexico border.

Water unites swimmers. Water borders should unite countries, embrace humanity. We need one another - across borders. 

THE SWIM

May.05.2017

This swim will include the crossing of the American-Mexican marine border by swimmers from five nations

This swim will include the crossing of the American-Mexican marine border by swimmers from five nations

 
The

The center exist to support families of the missing and dead on the border, and that means we are there for mothers missing their children, fathers raising their kids alone, and siblings who were forced to leave a brother or sister behind in the desert. We sample children for DNA to try and identify the remains of their missing (presumed dead) parents and we write letters for moms who are trying to get their child a passport but can't because the father is missing, and can't co-sign. Ultimately, our work impacts children because our work is about families. We fight for the living by finding dignity for the dead.

Colibri

Centre

 

The TEam

The Pan-American Colibri Crossing team includes 12 people from New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Mexico and USA who have swum for a variety of peaceful, charitable and environmental issues during their careers.  They will be swimming to benefit the Colibri Centre for Human Rights.

Kim Chambers
39, New Zealand/USA. Completed the Oceans Seven and the first women to swim to the Farallons Island.
Nora Toledano
47, Mexico City. Accomplished marathon swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006 as an Honor Swimmer. Nora was the first and only Mexican and first Latin American woman and sixth person to complete a double-crossing of the English Channel.
She crossed the English Channel six times individually in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 2005, and five times on a relay. She has swam 45K (28 miles) from Akumal to Cozumel in Mexico, 70K (43.4 miles) from Cozumel to Cancun
Jean Craven
44, South Africa. Completed the Guinness World Record Highest Swim (Patagonia), unprecedented Dead Sea Swim and 6 intercontinental swims.
Mariel Hawley
48 Mexico .A pool and open water swimmer. She lives in Mexico City with her children Eduardo and Andrea.
Mariel is the first Mexican woman to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
Oded Rahav
50, Israel, organized and completed the Cyprus-Israel swim (2014) and Dead Sea Swim (2016) to raise awareness of over use of plastics in our oceans and the Dead Sea Swim was a call to action to save the Dead sea from vanishing.
Melissa King
46, USA
Half-breed, USA/Colombia. Swimmer since age 2. Must be near water. Quit the pool for 15 years and have gradually added that back. First jumped in SF Bay in 1978, while also taking sailing lessons there. Got back in circa 2009 and instantly loved long swims in the cold water. Swam on the first all-woman relay from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallons. Will kayak 20+ miles for coffee and snack hand-outs from the big boat.
Antonio Arguelles
58, Mexico
Is a 1982 graduate in Germanic Studies and Economics from Stanford University. He is a successful business leader, educator, author, an endurance athlete who has completed several marathons and Ironman triathlons, and an extraordinary Mexican marathon swimmer
Nicolene Steynberg
46, South Africa. Organized the unprecedented Guinness World Record Highest Swim (Patagonia) and Dead Sea Swim.
Ryan Nelson
36, USA
open water swimmer. Swam the Lake Tahoe length.
Dan Simonelli
51, USA
Official Observer
Marathon swimmer (2x Catalina Channel; 2x SCAR; English Channel)
Coach. President of La Jolla Cove Swim Club.
Crew/Kayak Support
Neil Macaskill
Love anything to do with water: swimming, surfing, wakeboarding, diving. Always try to challenge himself and do something completely different at least once a year, whether it’s racing tuk-tuks around Sri Lanka or climbing in the Alps, and always aim to have a strong charity angle to these adventures.
Kamini Moodley
44, South Africa. Organizes the Madswimmer charity and the unprecedented Highest Swim in the World and Dead Sea Swim.
Rene Martínez Saenz
A 35-year-old Mexican pool and open water swimmer. He is currently training for a 20.2-mile crossing of the Catalina Channel in August 2017 and a crossing of the English Channel in 2018.
He collaborates with a Mexican NGO dedicated to shark conservation, that is explained in a documentary film called "Mexico Pelagico
Tom Hecker
An American open water swimmer. The Co-Chairman of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club, he trains at the La Jolla Cove while employed as a Sales Training Manager at Sherwood Medical.
Open Water Swimming Career
Luc Chetboun
49, Israel. Helped build the swim's web presence. Math teacher who is inspired from Godel, Escher and Bach... The sea is his sanctuary place. Luc is a marathon open water swimmer.
Brett Hillyard
38, USA, Photographer, Alcatraz / Angel Island to Tiburon
William Patrick Carlson
51, USA
Open water Swimmer. Experienced open water pilot/kayak for over 15 years in San Francisco Bay.
Ben Enosh
45 USA / Israel, An open water swimmer.
Mexico Kayaker:
Carlo Rosa Lelevier, involved with
Out of the Boat Swim, helping underprivileged kids build confidence in life, through learning water safety.
www.outoftheboatswim.org
Mexico Kayaker:
Joaquin Enrique Talabera Chavarria, involved with Out of the Boat Swim, helping underprivileged kids build confidence in life, through learning water safety.
Mexico Kayaker:
Jaime Rosquillas Navarro, involved with Out of the Boat Swim, helping underprivileged kids build confidence in life, through learning water safety.
Mexico Kayaker:
Erika Rosquillas
Escalante, involved with Out of the Boat Swim, helping underprivileged kids build confidence in life, through learning water safety.
USA Kayaker:
51, William Patrick Carlson, United States, open water swimmer. Experienced open water pilot/kayak for over 15 years in San Francisco Bay.
USA Kayaker:
54, Kevin Eslinger, California USA, wannabe paddling disciple of Larry Capune
USA Kayaker:
Kala Sherman-Presser, 35, USA
Former collegiate swimmer, discovered open water swimming in 2014 and never looked back. Member of Night Train Swimmers. Up for any aquatic adventure!
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MAILING LIST

Tom Hecker

An American open water swimmer. The Co-Chairman of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club, he trains at the La Jolla Cove while employed as a Sales Training Manager at Sherwood Medical. Open Water Swimming Career

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