New film about a surfer with one arm

After loosing her arm in a shark attack at age 13, Bethany Hamilton, who had been competing since she was eight, thought she would never surf again. But after months of rehabilitation, Bethany got back into the water, and now has a whole host of awards and accolades to her name.

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Impressive you say? Well others clearly think so as Hollywood has now made a movie about her life. Soul Surfer, out now, tells the true story of her struggles after the attack, and fight to get back to the top.

Visit Bethany Hamilton‘s website for a whole host of videos.

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June 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Entertainment. Leave a comment.

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.

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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.’

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October 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Inspiration. 2 comments.