Dear Editor,

I wish to congratulate endurance swimmer Diana Nyad for becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to the United States without the use of a shark cage.

This is indeed a remarkable feat especially when seen against her advanced age, the treacherous waters, the long swimming  distance and her several failed attempts.

Nyad’s advice to everyone cannot be more correct: Never allow age to be a deterrent in your pursuits; be focused and determined; never give up, even against the odds.

Yours faithfully,
Hydar Ally

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