‘The pain is the prize’: Swimmer dubbed the ‘Ice Mermaid’ takes on challenge to swim the Seven Seas for charity. By Katelyn Beaty.
Swimmer named ‘Ice Mermaid’ tries to take on the Seven Seas challenge By the time she’s halfway through the Seven Seas challenge, Katelyn Beaty, 19, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will already be known as “The Ice Mermaid” on the popular online gaming site, Second Life, where her avatar is a mermaid in a mermaid outfit sporting a purple tail, green and red fins, and rainbow wings.
Swimming her way through the Seven Seas, Katelyn Beaty, nicknamed the Ice Mermaid, will put her “mermaid legs” to the test in a series of aquatic challenges that, by the end, will take her across oceans and seas in a bid to raise money for a worthy charity.
The Michigan resident plans to swim the Seven Seas in a series of six challenge swims, which she announced will begin with a “mermaid legs” challenge in which she will wade through a 10-foot wide lake of icy water while wearing a mermaid-style swimsuit.
A participant in the Second Life Ocean Challenge: Baja Swim, a worldwide team-charity event in which swimmers go through a series of challenges to raise money for The Ocean Agency, an organization that raises awareness about marine protection and conservation.
Beaty, who has been working toward her fundraising goal of raising $10,000 by swimming half of the Seven Seas, announced last week on the Second Life Ocean Challenge: Baja Swim that she would be competing in the Baja swim, a global event in which swimmers go through a series of challenges to raise money for The Ocean Agency, an organization that raises awareness about marine protection and conservation.
“I have been watching swimmers in recent years complete various challenges, but never one so unique and difficult,” she said in an announcement on the Ocean Challenge website on March 2.
“One day I would like to do so, as well,” she added. “I am ready to raise money for such a worthy and exciting charity.”
The participant has raised more than $10,000 for Ocean, according to the Ocean Challenge