Salvatore Cimmmino writes eloquently why he swims and how it enables to visualize his potential here (in English) and here (in Italian).

He writes, “Disability today, compared to the past, is no longer a limit, it doesn’t preclude your chance to dream, to have a job, a house, a family and to travel.

Today’s technology, applied to transportation, to buildings, to prosthetic devices, has no boundaries.

If you also perform a sport, even at an amateur level, disability will not disappear, but it will no longer pose an insurmountable obstacle.

Before I started to swim I had no voice, just like a ghost. I was tired of fighting, my need for help, except by my dear ones, was never considered: disability, in our society, is seen as chronic, irreversible, hopeless, and the only response from the institutions was and remains a neutral, aseptic and episodic assistance…

Read more here.

Cimmino is currently preparing to swim the 2013 Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7 km ocean event held in Western Australia on February 23rd. A nominee for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, he sees no limits for himself and is reaching out to help others.

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.”

Voting for the annual award is here.

Photo above shows Cimmino with Brunella, one of the individuals he helps and helps inspire. As Cimmino encourages, “Libertà, Fraternità, Uguaglianza (liberty, fraternity, equality).”

 

 

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