Diana Nyad has given us a model for how belief in oneself can make all the diffeence. She deserves accolades and admiration for her accomplishment of the amazing feat of being the first person to complete the Cuba to Florida swim without a shark cage. Her mind was instrumental in this achievement, as in sports and life. She had many tricks up her sleeve, such as listening to Neil Young and other musical artists. In her head, she carried 85 songs that she silently sang to herself. But, what she deserves even more credit for is standing ovation for the respect she showed and the work it took from her entire crew to make her dream come true by acknowledging them in interviews following. She exclaimed, We did it!”
Her inspiration showed us the importance of never giving up, using all of your power, and persisting until you succeed. She provides a model for older women succeeding in sports, just persevere, aim to finish, and don’t hesitate to get a team for support. We, women, athletes need that support. A big part of our achievements involves the supporting cast around you.
Her parting comments included, “I got three messages….One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team” A team helped the dream come true.