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Salvatore Cimmino

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Salvatore Cimmino with the recipients of orthopedic equipment as the results of his crossing of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Salvatore Cimmino starting the Swim Marathon Santa Fe to Tigre 11-stage swim at the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda in Argentina
Salvatore Cimmino speaking at the 2015 Sports Technology and Disability Politics Conference in Miami, Florida
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 long distance swimmer who became the first disabled athlete to successfully swim across the Cook Strait.

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Disability[edit]

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.

Cook Strait Crossing[edit]

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.

Swimming in the Seas of the Globe[edit]

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

1. Israel – Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) – 17 km – 7 May 2010
2. Italy/Slovenia – Trieste/Koper – 21 km – 20 September 2010
3. Argentina – Rio Paranà in Coronda – 42 km – 30 January 2011, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix
4. Mexico – Sumidero Canyon – 15 km – 7 May 2011, FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix
5. Canada – Vancouver – 20 km – June 2011, at United World College Headquarters
6. New Zealand – Cook Strait – 20 km – September 2011
7. Australia – Brisbane – 20 km – January 2012
8. Democratic Republic of the Congo - 40 km in April 2012 Lake Kivu and 60 km in May 2016 across Lake Kivu
9. United States – New York – 48 km – June 2014 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

He planned an attempt of a 103-mile (168 km) solo crossing of the Florida Strait in April or May 2016.

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2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination[edit]

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.

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

Cimmino is named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2017 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

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