Lincoln Sokolski of Whirley-Drink Works says, “At the end of the day, I believe most of us left with a new positive energy to be a better person, believing we can overcome challenges in life and reaching for higher achievements (whatever they may be). Craig is a doer, visionary and inspiring leader while remaining refreshingly down to earth.”
High school student Sandra Florig said of Craig Dietz, “He successfully held the attention of the diverse audience and reached the students at all levels with his genuine story, humor, and unbelievable philosophy about life’s challenges.”
“I agree wholeheartedly with Lincoln and Sandra,” said Steven Munatones. “Craig is a special person. Craig is incredible; he is one of my personal role models. What Craig has done with his life and, more importantly, how he had done it – with passion, vision, joy and commitment – and no excuses – is the inspiration for many, for all.”
Dietz, an individual, an attorney, and a motivational speaker, was born without arms and legs.
Yet, he attacked life with high expectations and boundless energy – and his family and parents also shared and encouraged his mindset.
“I highly recommend listening – and learning – from Craig,” said Munatones. “He is remarkable and unique in our open water swimming world. The aquatic community should celebrate his participation and love of our sport.”
Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor - Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame's Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming's Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University's John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.