Triple Crown Swimmer Raises $10,000 for the American Heart Association
Attorney Courtney Paulk recently completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming: The Catalina Channel, The English Channel and the swim around Manhattan.
Courtney will join me for a live discussion about her cause and her swimming on October 10, 2013 at Noon Eastern. Tune in here:
In a statement, Courtney’s publicist explained:
Courtney Paulk, a shareholder at Hirschler Fleisher (Richmond, Va.), is well on her way to raising $10,000 for the American Heart Association by attempting to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. As of July 1, only 69 people are known to have completed the Triple Crown, and we believe that Paulk may be the first female American attorney to earn a Triple Crown. I believe that she would be able to contribute a post on her extreme efforts and the cause by which she is motivated that is both compelling and inspirational for readers of the Your Mark on the World blog.
Paulk will compete in the third and final leg of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming on Sept. 10, 2013, by swimming across the Catalina Channel, a 20.2-mile course in Southern California. For portions one and two, she successfully completed a 21-mile swim across the English Channel between England and France, as well as a 28.5-mile swim around Manhattan. The conditions of each swim are extreme and challenging (just this month, a woman died during her swim across the English Channel).
Paulk’s inspiration to swim the Catalina Channel and to tackle such an enormous physical feat is very personal: In 2010, a friend and fellow Hirschler Fleisher attorney, Jan Thomas, suffered a stroke. Since her recovery, Thomas has dedicated her life to raising awareness of the risks associated with cardiovascular disease. Inspired by her colleague, Paulk chose to make her intense swimming endeavors work towards the cause of cardiovascular disease by raising significant amounts of money for the American Heart Association.
According to Paulk, the mental strength and persistence needed to cross major waterways is great training ground for her litigation practice. Paulk reiterates this theme as she shares her adventures of swimming the English Channel to civic and community groups, in a presentation so inspirational that it has brought grown men to tears.
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