Gerd Von Dincklage-Schulinburg was the first person to swim across the Rottnest Channel between Cottesloe Beach and Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia near Perth.

He completed his swim in January 1956. Next February, a record number 237 solo swimmers will attempt to duplicate his feat at the 22nd Rottnest Channel Swim, a wildly popular 19.7km solo and relay swim.

One of those swimmers is Salvatore Cimmino.

Cimmino is an amputee, a disabled person’s advocate, and a nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. The World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award honors the individual who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.

The nomination of the Italian non-stop dynamo from the World Open Water Swimming Association reads,

Salvatore Cimmino is relentlessly positive and positively impatient. He continues his Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto Nei Mari del Globo) and completed two noteworthy swims this year. His first swim in 2012 was a 40km swim across Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Rwanda border. Cimmino’s second swim was a 25km crossing of the Boston Harbor in America. After getting his leg amputated at the age of 15, his passion to help others has enabled him to combine his love of swimming with a campaign to raise awareness about physical disabilities. In Israel, Italy, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, America and Congo, he shows people what is possible and inspires people to dream big. His swims enable others to obtain prosthetic aids and to remove architectural barriers. For his ability to attract funds and scientific resources to his campaign, for his ongoing efforts to prove that disabilities do not need to define individuals, for the audacity of his dreams, Savatore Cimmino is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.”



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