A Peachland man celebrated his 50th birthday by swimming the length of the Okanagan Lake.
The truly remarkable thing is he did it with one fully working leg.
Shayn Moritz lost almost all use of his right leg following a car accident thirty years ago and has fought to stay in good shape.
“50 is the age where people stop and ponder their mortality. I guess I did, too. The paralyzed right leg prevented me from doing fantastic excursions like climbing a mountain so I decided to climb a flat mountain.”
He spent 41 hours over the course of six and a half days in the water on his way to accomplishing the remarkable feat.
He says he didn’t set out to get attention or fame.
“It wasn’t about trying to send a message, it was something I wanted to tackle for myself and spend some time and reflect. That side bonus I got was a wonderful week with my family and friends.”
The avid triathlon competitor draws from the advice of a loved one that fateful 1985 day.
“Long time ago my grandma she responded ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to have to decide whether you’re one of those people who thinks the glass is half empty or half full’, and it was good advice.”
Moritz plans to next pursue an iron distance triathlon.
Photo c/o Shayn Moritz