Sports Star Salute: Diana Nyad

long distance swimmer Diana Nyad

On Monday, Diana Nyad did something incredible. She swam from Cuba to Florida. This was her fourth attempt and she finally did it. She is 64 years old. She is the epitome of a badass.

She did the swim without the aid of a shark cage, so was putting herself at considerable risk. The swim took 53 hours. Think about that for a second. FIFTY THREE HOURS. I read a report that said she was refusing scheduled food stops through the night so she could keep swimming and stay warm.

This is a level of unwavering determination and belief most of us can only hope to achieve in our lifetime. The fact that she didn’t give up after her first, second or third attempt, the fact that she laughed in the face of anyone who said she’s too old to do it, the fact that she just kept going no matter what makes her a true icon of women’s sport.

It’s no secret that I have a massive fear of open water. I made some baby steps in overcoming it on vacation in Canada this summer when I swam in a lake near my grandmother’s house. But I literally swam a total of maybe 20 metres and even then, I was petrified the whole way through. To swim in open water, for 53 hours, through the night, leaving yourself completely vulnerable to all of the freaky things that lurk beneath the sea – Oh Ms Nyad, you are incredible.

Let Diana Nyad’s strength and determination be an example to us all. We can be the best we can be, no matter our age and we should never stop pushing towards our goals and dreams.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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