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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Moving Mountains With Maria

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Sally Minty-Gravett has been balancing her own marathon swimming goals with helping other swimmers of all ages achieve their own dreams for decades.

The 57-year-old swimming coach is all about educating and inspiring others in the waters around her home base of Jersey.

She is currently training a wide variety of older athletes who also wish to cross of the English Channel. One of her athletes has been traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Jersey for personal training. But Maria Conceicao is an unlikely athlete - her inspiration comes from helping children in the slums of Bangladash. Their needs drive Maria.

The Portuguese woman became an endurance athlete who raises money by summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, a trek to the North Pole, and running 7 marathons in the UAE in 7 days, 7 ultra-marathons on 7 continents in 6 weeks, 7 ultra marathons in 7 days, and 7 marathons on 7 continents in 11 days. But now she has her eyes on swimming across the English Channel, with the help of Minty-Gravett.

"Her sponsors want her to do Ironman triathlons at the same time she is training for the English Channel," Minty-Gravett explains. "But she only has until June to complete her 6-hour qualification swim in 16ºC (60.8ºF) water. That does not give her much time."

But the recipient of the European Union Woman Innovators Award, Emirates Humanitarian Woman of the Year, Emirates Woman of the Year, Most Inspiring Woman of Gulf Cooperation Council, Sustainable leadership Award, and Inspiring Change Award is an individual who simply does not fail at what she sets out to do.

She runs, climbs, swims, and raises money through her Maria Cristina Foundation (see here and listen to her Ted Talk above).

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