Hasko Swims With One Working Limb


Photo: Dallas Kilponen

I just love a good story, and here is one I think is GREAT. Read about Kim Hasko, and the challenges she endures as she competes in Open Water swim events, as well as a being a swimming coach to children for the past 16 years.

Open water swimming is adventurous at the best of times. Imagine, then, competing in next month’s Cole Classic with only one fully working limb.

Kim Hasko, who has limited use of her arms and one functioning leg, will brave the two-kilometre ocean swim next month for the second year in a row.

After enduring more than 20 surgeries in her life, she will have her injured leg amputated in May – but not before she takes to the waves one more time to raise funds for a women’s charity in Cameroon.

“Anything’s possible, and people often take the easy option, but you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone,” she said.

I so admire this remarkable woman .. and her motto (which she has printed on the back of her cossies “NDIRL” – Not Disabled In Real Life! – Hasko will not allow her so-called ‘disabilities’ to stop her from doing the things she wants to achieve.

“You can’t give up, you can’t stop and never feel sorry for yourself,” she said.

I’ll be watching this determined and gutsy woman and bring you more news on her achievements … I’m sure we’ll all be hearing more about Kim Hasko.

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