HAMIL­TON a true cham­pion

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Bethany Hamil­ton would be one of the most well- known surfers on the planet. Hav­ing lost her arm in a shark at­tack when she was only 13 years old she has con­tin­ued to show that if you re­ally put your mind to it you can do any­thing. To most peo­ple, the loss of a limb would mean an end to a surf­ing ca­reer, how­ever, Bethany proved that with will and de­ter­mi­na­tion you re­ally can achieve any­thing.

Bethany has writ­ten an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and a se­ries of faith­based books, filmed a 30- min doc­u­men­tary, cre­ated a line of jew­ellery, fra­grances and cos­met­ics, and had a full- length film made about her story. She has be­come a no­table mo­ti­va­tional speaker as well as a spokesper­son for nu­mer­ous char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions. She con­tin­ues to surf com­pet­i­tively and has also found time to find love.

In 2012, Bethany met Chris­tian youth min­is­ter, Adam Dirks on a blind date set up by some friends. Af­ter a year to­gether Adam pro­posed and they were mar­ried on Au­gust 18th on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Ty­ing the knot in front of 300 fam­ily and friends Bethany de­scribed the day as “the most amaz­ing day of my life”.

Mean­while Bethany has con­tin­ued to surf pro­fes­sion­ally and is cur­rently ranked 44th on the ASP World Tour.

Bethany is of­ten asked to speak at a va­ri­ety of events. There would be few sto­ries as in­spi­ra­tional as Bethany’s story of sur­vival. But hers is not just a sur­vival story; hers is a story about liv­ing. In no way has Bethany just sur­vived, she has blos­somed and pro­vided mo­ti­va­tion for so many to over­come ob­sta­cles and has be­come an in­spi­ra­tion to so many.

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