Limbless man ready for Kingdom Swim
Craig Dietz, 42 year old from Hummelstown, PA, also known as the Limbless Waterman, will be taking on the 6 mile course at this year’s Kingdom Swim on July 30th, 2016. Craig was born without arms or legs. He is an inspirational speaker whose passion is open water swimming. He swims on his back with a fin attached to one of his leg stumps undulating through the water. Among his many swims, he has swum the 1.5 mile distance from Alcatraz to San Francisco and the 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay Swim. This 6 mile attempt will be the longest “official” open water swim of Crag’s life. His kayaker will be Newport City Manager, Laura Dolgin, an experienced escort kayaker who has supported swimmers in just about every one of our Kingdom Swims.
I first met Craig at the WOWSA Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Long Beach, California in 2012. What I took away from hearing him speak was not just an enormous respect for him, but also the message that we are defined not be the challenges we face, but rather, by how we face our challenges.
Craig will be the guest of honor on Thursday evening, July 28th, at our Annual NEKOWSA Pizza Party on the Northern Star. He is an inspiring speaker to hear. The evening cruise is open to the public. Cost is $27 per person. Net proceeds from the Pizza Cruise will go to support Memphremagog Watershed Association.
Dietz will be swimming in the Adaptive Division which has opened Kingdom Swim to swimmers who face special challenges and who use adaptive equipment to swim.
Also joining us as a guests of honor will be Bill Shipp of Mitchelville, MD, the 2015 NEKOWSA Swimmer of the Year and Barbara Malloy, of Newport, Vermont’s First Lady Dracontologist, who has spent decades collecting over 250 of the reported sightings of Memphre in Lake Memphremagog.
Craig Deitz will take part in the six mile race in the Kingdom Swim on July 30th.