The irrepressible Salvatore Cimmino is heading to the world-famous Rottnest Channel Swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest.

Cimmino lost his leg at the age of 15 and took up swimming at the age of 40 after countless physical problems although he had never been in the water before. After eight months, he swam 22 km from the Island of Capri to Sorrento on Italy’s mainland without any prosthetic aid. This success in 2006 inspired him to dream about other marathon swims around the world that call attention attention to the world of the disabled and their problems.

In 2007, he undertook the Swimming Tour of Italy and in 2009 he set off on the Swimming Tour of Europe. The following year, Cimmino began Swimming The Seas of the Globe – For a World without Barriers and Frontiers. He aimed to do swims around the world over a 4-year period. The Rottnest Channel Swim will be the eighth leg of Salvatore’s world tour which has already touched Israel, Slovenia, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada, USA, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and will continue on to Mexico, and Italy.

Salvatore’s main goal is to increase awareness on disabled conditions around the world and fight mistrust and rejection. “I fight in order for the technological”breakthroughs to become accessible to as many people as possible, to heal the suffering and enable people with disabilities to fully exploit the capabilities and skills they possess. To be able to contribute to their society and to work, ultimately becoming first-class citizens like everyone else.”

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