I first met Luiz in March of 2015. My shoulder was still bothering me after my English Channel swim and my torn bicep tendon injury. I felt my stroke needed changing so I booked a swim camp in Malta with Adam Walker. Luiz was also on the same camp. We got on instantly. Luiz also has two boys, albeit younger than mine. I was nervous about over working my shoulder and he was nervous about ‘large sea life’! We gravitated towards each other and swam really well together. On day five, which was the six hour swim, we swam the whole swim together! Luiz’s left lower leg is missing from just below the knee. When we first swam together, I was impressed by his independence and determination. I offered help once he had removed his prosthetic limb and he politely and firmly let me know he was fine. At the end of our six hour swim, we started to swim for shore. As it got shallower, I stood up and started to walk. Luiz called out to me “my swim sister, could I ask you for some help this time”. I put my arm around him and we made our way into shore. This created a real bond. When we said our goodbyes a few days later, we promised to keep in touch. I also said to Luiz, if he ever needed me to crew for him I would try to be there.
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