It’s a peaceful scene on Eagle Lake, crystal clear water and hardly any wind. Saturday it was anything but peaceful as hundreds of fans gathered to cheer on Carol Palmer as she swam across the lake, “I am doing this because I am legally blind and I want to do it for people with disabilities to show that just because you have a disability, you can still do things.”
Carol says she was nervous and excited, but also ready. She has been training for this for month.
“The biggest thing is that I have been thinking about it since January, when my brother threw it by me. So, for all these months it been all I was thinking about swimming swimming and swimming. So, I am really glad today is here so I can be done with it,” said Palmer.
Her brother Jim Palmer was the one who thought of the idea. He says he knew that she could do anything that she put her mind to, “She has over come a lot, and she is just a great example for people when you are handed a raw deal in life you just push it aside and make the best of it.”
The swim began with some slight hiccups, at first Palmer kept veering off course. Fortunately she was able to swim in between some of the kayaks with her. All in all it took Carol about 40 minutes to complete the trek from one end of the lake to the other.
“I did it, and I feel great. I hope other people when they sit their you cant do this you cant do that. You can do anything you want to do,” said Palmer.
A Sentiment shared by the crowd who saw her make it from one end to the other.