Can you imagine being diagnosed with a rare, hereditary disease that affects your nerves and your ability to control your muscles? What about getting the news when swimming competitively is your passion? Most people would consider this uphill battle to be more than they could handle but not Drew’s guest, Jamal Hill. Jamal is currently training for the 2020 Paralympics and holds the national record for 50M and 100M freestyle races. He is the President and Founder of the Swim Uphill Foundation. The foundation has the grand goal of teaching over 1-million people to swim with a program Jamal designed. During this podcast, Jamal shares with Drew his history, what he is doing now, and his big plans for the future. His tenacity for achievement and affinity for entrepreneurial endeavors make this athlete one to watch and listen to.
[5:10] How Jamal helped actor Terry Crews learn to swim.
[6:31] Jamal was told that he had the rare, hereditary, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at age ten.
[15:24] Jamal shares the reasons he feels shame about his condition, even after becoming an accomplished athlete.
[18:01] The technique’s Jamal and his coaches use to make him a national champion swimmer.
[27:26] Jamal has big plans for 2020, 2024, and 2028. He shares how he plans to make it to the podium and teach 1-million people to swim.
[33:27] How Jamal’s team handles the nutritional component of his training regime.
[37:48] How Paralympic athletes are grouped and where Jamal’s special abilities fit into the competition.
[41:45] The Swim Up Hill Foundation has a mission to teach 1-million people to swim.
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