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 would be a special person whether or not he had arms and legs. What Craig has done with his life and, more importantly, how he had done it – with passion, vision, joy and commitment – 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.”
Creator of the WOWSA Awards, World Open Water Swimming Association, the Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Oceans Seven, Open Water Summit, Openwaterpedia, KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, recipient of the Poseidon Award and Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and a member of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame, and former FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member, Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.