John Seevers was born with birth defects in both legs. A series of surgeries led doctors to perform a double rotation — turning his feet backwards. The idea was to eventually turn his ankle joint into a knee joint and to equip him with prosthetic legs. Thirty years ago, John tried them and didn’t like them, and he’s never looked back.
We met John at the U.S. Masters Swimming National Championships, where he came to add to his collection of national paraswimming records.
He explained why he chooses to race swimmers from the able-bodied community, swimmers he describes as “extremely faster” than him, and touted the benefits of being a part of the inclusive, engaged, supportive and thriving community of masters swimmers.
Whether you, too, have struggled with a serious medical condition like John or if you’re just trying to find your way forward, get inspired to rediscover both your passion and purpose. It’s something that’s only recently happened to John in his 40s and his example will encourage you to stand tall, too.
If John has inspired you to get into the pool, too, click here to visit the U.S. Masters Swimming website. You can find local swim groups, meets and lessons for learning to swim, at any age!