Courtesy of the John West Great North Swim, United Kingdom.

The organizers of the Great Swim have always known that open water swimming is a sport that always challenges expectations.

They wrote, “More than ten years and tens of thousands of swimmers later, the one constant has been the incredible diversity we’ve seen reflected in our participants. They’ve shown us that no matter what your body shape, your level of fitness, whether or not you live with a disability, or your age, you can reach your goal in the open water.This year we want to celebrate this incredible diversity and challenge the wider world’s preconceptions of who an athlete is.”

The 2019 ‘Unexpectedly Great’ campaign tells inspirational stories that inspire people to think about what they could achieve through a Great Swim event.  24-year-old Ben Robinson is one such inspiration, swimming the 10 km marathon swim at the John West Great North Swim.

Robinson was diagnosed with anorexia when he was 15 years old, and nearly lost his life to the mental health disorder.  His recovery, which included a year in a mental health inpatient unit, took five years. Now, he helps others with their own mental health.

For more information on the John West Great North Swim, visit here.

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