Limb­less man ready for King­dom Swim

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - New­port, VT

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.

Photo cour­tesy

Craig Deitz will take part in the six mile race in the King­dom Swim on July 30th.

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