“I went from thinking I would never walk again to swimming the Oceans Seven…”
If it scares you, that is exactly why you should do it.
I’m talking about stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something, experiencing something, feeling something that you never thought possible.
It’s about challenging yourself not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. Something that reaches to the core of your soul, of who you are.
When you're willing to push the boundaries of what's possible, you'll find your best self right on the other side.
Adventure allows me to realize previously unimaginable dreams.
With each all-consuming journey towards that edge - a tantalizing boundary where my mind and body are truly challenged - my sense of self not only blossoms, it thrives.
Of course it is scary, but for me that is precisely the draw, because if it does not challenge you, it does not change you.
I still want to see how far I can go. I want to see if I can push that edge just a little bit further. Stay tuned for my next adventure and I invite you to join me on the journey along the way.
& Smashing World Records
The Ocean's Seven consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, and is considered the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. It includes the North Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Strait in Japan, and the Strait of Gibraltar. Kim is only the 6th person in history to have completed the Oceans Seven. To date, only 7 people in history have achieved this milestone.
On August 8th 2015, Kim became the 1st woman to swim 30 miles solo from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Farallon Islands sit within in the Red Triangle, a region off the coast of Northern California known to have the largest concentration of Great White sharks in the world. This swim is depicted in the upcoming documentary about Kim's journey.
In November 2016, Kim joined an international team of swimmers completing an unprecedented historic swim across the Dead Sea raising global awareness of the deterioration of that critical body of water for the region. The Dead Sea is in danger of becoming extinct as its water level is decreasing by over 3 feet per year. This was first ever swim from Jordan to Israel, a distance of 9 miles, taking just over 7 hours to complete.
In November 2018, Kim became the 1st New Zealand woman to be inducted into this very elite organization.
Founded in 1971, the IMSHOF is an affiliate organization to the International Swimming Hall of Fame, which also awards achievement and contributions to the performance of marathon swimming.
The United States has the greatest number of all-time honorees (84), followed by Great Britain (58), and Canada (19).
Kim is honored to join New Zealand swimming heroes Barrie Devenport and Philip Rush becoming just the 3rd New Zealander to achieve this accolade not seen for 33 years.