Grace Van Der Byl is a mom, wife, a world class open water swimmer, a national level pool swimmer, and world record holder for Catalina crossing (for both men and women). Her list of open water swimming accomplishments includes many incredible feats such as the 2012 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, winning the 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, and Arizona SCAR Swim Challenge. She is a race director of the Del Mar Powerhouse Swim and Paddle.
Grace competes in long distance paddling and swim/paddle events and coaches kids at Boys and Girls club in Solana Beach. She gives back to the swimming community and the city of San Diego in huge ways! Ask anyone who knows Grace and they will tell you she is super special.
Today’s conversation dives into Grace’s early start in the water at age 2, and what inspired her to dream bigger and bigger. No stranger to fear, Grace has faced some of the world’s most difficult and treacherous open water swims, and she details what kept her mind in a positive, productive place.
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