October 31, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
The 17-year-old high school senior, who is blind, completed the trek on Sunday along with two other sightless swimmers.
Ashton tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he likes to show people that being sightless does not mean you must lose sight of your dreams.
He has, after all, already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, crossed the Grand Canyon and thrown out the first pitch at a major league ball game.
Ashton was accompanied on the one-and-a-quarter mile swim by 24-year-old Tanner Robinson, who works in state government in Arizona, and 19-year-old Katie Cupie, who is studying special education.
The three blind athletes were accompanied by sighted swimmers as guides.
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