John Manison’s swimming addiction started when he played in the Ohio River at six months old. Growing up on Lake Erie, his love for the water grew and so did his lung capacity with swimming all summer long for many summers. Through his early teens, John competed in Triathlons excelling in the swimming portion and received several medals. When John was sixteen years old, he was struck with a rare disease, which permanently damaged his spinal cord and put him in a wheelchair. While still in the wheelchair, he decided to give competitive swimming a shot in High School. As John worked diligently to get out of his wheelchair, he also worked diligently on his swimming, advancing to the district level his senior year (without the use of his legs). John went on to compete at the USA level in disabled competitions where he was seeded first in the 1500 Freestyle, third in the 50 Breast Stroke, and sixth in the 50 Freestyle. He swam on the college level and served as the Head Swim Coach at Sierra Canyon. He is a USA Certified swimming Coach and continues to embrace and teach his STRIDE philosophy through the Sailfish Swim Club.