Diana Nyad, 30 years out of the water,
dove back in with an extreme dream – to swim 103 miles between Cuba and
Twice rebuffed by box jellyfish that left deep wounds over her
body and psyche, Diana stayed in the water nearly 29 hours on her first attempt
and over 36 hours on her second attempt.
While she never reached her
ultimate goal, the 62-year-old inspired many to define and work towards their
own personal dreams.
She spoke eloquently of the allure and challenges of
marathon swimming that attracted the attention of 1.3 million followers online
and the American television broadcasters.
She tapped into the imagination
of the media and non-swimmers alike who became fascinated not only how this
articulate sexagenarian trained for her marathon goal, but also how she dealt
publicly with her failures. Her motivating nature, her relentless work
and her genuine efforts to help women over the age of 40 become fit and live
boldly are reasons why Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water
Swimming Woman of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
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