Wegman prepares to Swim with the Fishes again August 12th, 2017 - His Cross-Lake Couchiching Swim to Raise Funds for Child Advocacy Centre (CAS)

For Immediate Release:
Orillia Ontario: 2017 Inductee to the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, Wil Wegman of Bradford Ontario, might be better known for catching fish than swimming with them, but it's exactly the latter he will be doing on Saturday August 12th in the fish-filled waters of Orillia's Lake Couchiching. "I'll be swimming 4km across Couchiching in my fifth Sun City Swim fund raising effort along with about 50 other dedicated swimmers”, he said. All proceeds from the Sun City Swim in 2017 will benefit the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka ... supporting abused children. You can support Wil’s efforts here:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/wil-wegman-to-swim-with-the-fishes-across-lake-c-2/

In his first Sun City Swim back in 2013, it took Wil 1 hour 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. In 2015 he knocked a minute off his best time of the previous year, but last year with high winds and rough water - he added five.  "I'm still swimming laps 5-6 days a week at my local pool just to be well prepared, and who knows with calm conditions and a bit of luck I might just achieve a new Personal Best time," said Wegman.

One of the factors that will definitely influence every swimmer’s time however ... is wind; and anglers know all too well that Cooch is known for its windy conditions. Another handicap that will likely afflict Wegman more than any of the other swimmers is his peculiar inclination to search for big bass instead of focussing on the task at hand. "I just can't seem to help myself! Whenever we cross a weed patch or rocky isolated cover, I automatically start looking below for any of my beloved largemouth bass. My son Izaak who paddles his kayak alongside as my spotter, is continually yelling at me to stop looking for fish,” admitted Wegman.
When Wegman first started participating in this charity swim four years ago, he had no idea of the tremendous support he would get from family, friends, co-workers and especially the wide ranging angling community he is so closely tied to. Thanks to their generosity for the past four years, Wil’s Swim with the Fishes campaign has been able to provide the Child Advocacy Centre for abused kids with a significant financial contribution - more than any other swimmer over the past four years!

Below is a quick breakdown of that support:
2013- $2,025, 2014-$995, 2015 – $1,910, 2016- $1,300 Total= $6,230
About The Child Advocacy Centre: The Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) of Simcoe/Muskoka is a child-focused centre in which multidisciplinary professionals provide services for children and youth who have experienced abuse of any kind. This environment helps minimize trauma and fosters healing. Learn more at:  www.cacsimcoemuskoka.ca . For more information on the CAC Sun City Swim please visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call: 705-327-0118.         

For 2017 and Wegman’s fifth Swim with the Fishes campaign he would like to thank everyone for their continued support. He would also like to encourage others to jump on board with whatever donation they can provide to help the Child Advocacy Centre help abused kids across Simcoe and Muskoka Counties.
To learn more about Wil and his connection to fish and the fishing community, please visit his site below or support his efforts here:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/wil-wegman-to-swim-with-the-fishes-across-lake-c-2/

2017 Canadian Angler Hall of Fame Inductee
"Focus On Fishing"