Quadruple amputee swims the English Channel

Not many people could, or would want to, take on the challenge of swimming the English Channel. But 42-year-old French disabled athlete Philippe Croizon, who had his arms and legs amputated after an electric shock in 1994, has completed the marathon swim from Folkestone in Kent to Cap Gris Nez in France.

Philippe Croizon- Channel swim - image - inspiremagazineuk.wordpress.com

It took him an impressive 13 and a half hours to swim the 21 miles, a time rumored to be the fastest set by someone with a disability. To achieve such speed Philippe used long flippers on his legs, and attachments on his arms to help balance and steering.

Philippe said the swim was ‘a symbol of overcoming your limits… I’ve done this for myself, for my family, and for all those who have suffered tragedy and lost their taste for life.’ French minister Nadine Morano stated ‘we’ve been shown that it’s possible to overcome your disabilities and have the determination to make your dreams come true. Philippe Croizon is a shining example who provides a message of hope and bravery.’

Philippe Croizon - Channel swim - image - inspiremagazineuk.wordpress.com

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October 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Inspiration.


  1. Kevin Burton replied:

    What an incredible achievement against almost impossible odds. Philippe is everything that optimises what a hero truly is. Amazing.

    • lizransome replied:

      I couldn’t agree more. I wonder what he might do next?!

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