Kim was a late start but once she got going, she never looked back. At age 11 she "dove into the deep end" and with dogged persistence and dedication she finally found her niche through coach Ron Jacks who suggested she try to swim a 25km marathon in Canada. Marathon swimming involved swimming distances from a minimum of 25km to a maximum of 88km.
The best way to describe her first swim in Lac Memphrmagog is that "ignorance is bliss." Kim was 19 years old and she finished well ahead of many swimmers; men included! Joyfully, her amazing first marathon swim took her on an eight year journey swimming all over the world in oceans, lakes, rivers, lagoons and canals. She got to see what a magnificent world this truly is; even though the view was mostly from the water.
Some of her finest swims included:
-1990, 25km Lac Memphremagog, Magog, Quebec. 5hr 47min 06sec. 2nd woman, 3rd overall.
- 1993 25km PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS/PRE-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Sabaudia to Terracina, Italy. 7hr 48min. 40 sec. 2nd woman, 7th overall. This gave her an automatic selection for the 1994 Canadian Team - World Championships.
- 1995 26km Marathon Acuatica Internacional, Mar Del Plata, Argentina. 5hr 45min 51sec. 1st woman.