PLANET WATER STORIES
Water is the essential element that connects us all – both as human beings and lovers of aquatic sports. Planet Water celebrates this shared connection and our stories in and by the water.
Like the hummingbird, the tiny, tenacious animal that symbolises World Water Day 2023, each of us is called upon to do our part to “put out the fire”. One drop at a time, together.
“It’s so important to reconnect to the sea because it triggers that feeling of belonging and love that then drives us to action.”
“Swimming is the most meritocratic sport in the world – your time is the deciding factor; I race against the clock.”
“I’ve learned to love the water not for the medals but for what it stands for.”
“I would like to always remember how I feel when I get into the water – the sense of peace, tranquillity and that indescribable silence.”
“Every time I free dive, I experience a kind of moon landing. I lose my earthly dimension completely. I feel like water in water.”
“When I swim in the sea, I feel like I’m in a completely different dimension than on earth. Allowing yourself to be gently rocked by the waves is an indescribable feeling.”
“I feel light only when I’m in the water. Swimming gives me the freedom to feel empowered in my body.”
“When I felt like quitting. I thought about Cullen Jones, Tanica Jamison, Sabir Muhammad, and Maritza Correia McClendon. Their stories taught me that my dream should never be limited by the assumptions of others.”
“The word “dive” makes me think of the expression “to attempt the impossible”. Anyone can jump off a diving board – facing your fears is the most rewarding thing in the world.”
TIPS FOR PROTECTING WATER
“Water is the most precious loan from nature, so we have to treat it and appreciate it as such. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This also applies to water consumption and its treatment and plastic usage in general.”