Salvatore Cimmino

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Salvatore Cimmino, nominee of 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Salvatore Cimmino, nominee of 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominee
Salvatore Cimmino's Global Swimming Tour
Salvatore Cimmino is a disabled Italian marathon swimmer who became the first disabled athlete to successfully swim across the Cook Strait. He was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

His 8 hour 20 minute Cook Strait crossing, organized by Philip Rush, is part of his tour Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto nei Mari del Globo) to promote disability awareness.

Cimmino had his right leg amputated at the age of 15 due to cancer and began swimming later in life for therapeutic reasons before turning it into a passion for raising disability awareness.

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Swimming in the Seas of the Globe

The legs of the Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto nei Mari del Globo):

1. Israel – Lake Tiberias – 17 km – May 7th 2010 (solo)
2. Italy/Slovenia – Trieste/Koper – 21 km – September 20th 2010 (solo)
3. Argentina – Rio Paranà, Santa Fe/Coronda – 42 km – January 30th 2011, Swimming Marathon – FINA Grand Prix (solo)
4. Mexico – Sumidero Canyon – 15 km – May 7th 2011, Swimming Marathon – FINA Grand Prix (solo)
5. Canada – Vancouver – 20 km – June 2011, at United World College Headquarters (solo)
6. New Zealand – Auckland – 20 km – September 2011 (solo)
7. Australia – Brisbane – 20 km – January 2012 (solo)
8. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 40 km - April 2012 Lake Kiva (solo)
9. United States – New York – 48 km – June 2012, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (solo)

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2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Cimmino was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His nomination reads,

Salvatore Cimmino is relentlessly positive and positively impatient. He continues his Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto Nei Mari del Globo) and completed two noteworthy swims this year. His first swim in 2012 was a 40km swim across Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Rwanda border. Cimmino’s second swim was a 25km crossing of the Boston Harbor in America. After getting his leg amputated at the age of 15, his passion to help others has enabled him to combine his love of swimming with a campaign to raise awareness about physical disabilities. In Israel, Italy, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, America and Congo, he shows people what is possible and inspires people to dream big. His swims enable others to obtain prosthetic aids and to remove architectural barriers. For his ability to attract funds and scientific resources to his campaign, for his ongoing efforts to prove that disabilities do not need to define individuals, for the audacity of his dreams, Savatore Cimmino is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

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