A school teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, has announced plans to swim the English Channel in August.
GV Jack Robertson teaching from wheelchair (3 shots)
GV Robertson lunges off wheelchair and dives into swimming pool
GV Robertson swimming
SV Robertson speaking to reporter
CU & GV Robertson swimming in pool
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ROBERTSON: "Well basically there's three reasons ... for the challenge of it myself. I think that it's going to do me a lot of good and do a lot of other people some good to see that we can do an awful lot. If we take that potential we have and don't accept limitations. I want to do it for that reason -- I want to do it because I love the water. I like swimming, I like to be in the ocean. It feels good to me to be free in the water because I'm some what confined in a wheelchair."
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This film contains an interview with Jack Robertson, a transcript of which follows:
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Background: A school teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, has announced plans to swim the English Channel in August.
Though it is a healthy swim for anyone, for this man it is an exceptional feat.
The teacher, 24-year-old Jack Robertson, lost the use of his legs in a car accident five years ago.
Robertson swims for three hours every day in his own swimming pool, or at the beach.
The Channel swim of 21 miles (33.6 kilometres) takes the average swimmer about 10 hours, but, because Robertson can not use his legs, it will take him much longer.
Robertson -- who is also an experienced diver -- could become the first paraplegic to swim the Channel.