50. A Story Submerged in Inspiration, Hope (and Great White Sharks) with Swimmer Kim Chambers
Dec 31, 2018
Record-setting, marathon open-water swimmer Kim Chambers (www.kimswimsfilm.com) from New Zealand, has conquered great odds to be here. Still very much in recovery mode from yet another life-threatening medical setback, she came on to share valuable lessons from her story of perseverance, resilience and hope. It was a grave injury and severe depression that took Kimberly Chambers to the water. This week she was the first New Zealand woman to be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. (And, let me be clear, Kim was a bad swimmer when she started on this journey in her early thirties.)
Her swims have taken her around the world, along the way raising $1.7 million for veteran organization. For Kim, these swims are not simply athletic events, they are journeys of the self, stretching her mind and her body and her spirit. Among many notable achievements, she is the first and only woman to swim through a 30 mile stretch of ocean populated with the largest concentration of great white sharks in the world. No wet suit. No shark cage. To learn more, listen in and be sure to check out the award winning documentary, KIM SWIMS, capturing her story, and available now on iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo.
Discussed in this Episode:
Reconsidering what is possible
Acute Compartment Syndrome
Kim Chamber’s severe injury and the possibility of never walking again
Identity wrapped up in material things
Spiritual journey of Kim’s swims
The emotional impact of being sick
Kim’s darkest moments after her injury
Body image concerns, scars, and not wanting to be seen in public
Trying to fix yourself before going back into the world
Ok, this is a big one so take a deep breath. Ready? Think about something that scares you, write it down, then commit to facing the fear. I know. This is big and scary in itself. Here’s the thing: It can be anything! It can be responding to an email or jumping in the water with a bunch of great whites! The good news is that in this episode, Kim Chambers and I both give away our own fears that we are committed to facing. Listen in, be inspired!