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    While coaching swimming nothing would send the hair on the back of my neck standing more than the words ‘I CAN’T’. My internal scream would send out a louder ‘WHY NOT’. The interaction, the turbulence, provided a direction…head first into the fire. I feared that the ‘I CAN’T’, if not investigated, concretes itself into the safe harbor, the containment, of a lifelong ‘BREAKWALL’. The ‘WHY NOT’ is ‘THE BEYOND’, the battle cry, the direction, the salvaging effort. The metaphor is ageless, human.
    Going ‘BEYOND BREAKWALLS’ is living your life… ‘BBW’ is the encouragement.

    I am dedicating these efforts in support of 'The Brotherhood For The Fallen'

    They represent reverently, modestly, and humbly the individuals who chose a side, planted their heels, and met their final call. They are Hero’s, represented by Hero's. It's an incredible honor.
    Thanks for visiting, that too is an Honor...

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When you purchase anything on this site know this: ‘Your support is appreciated’. You have just become a ‘sponsor’, a supporter, an inspirer.

It is my hope to inspire, but more selfishly to be inspired. You taking a chance on this site says something, it’s a nudge of sorts. The ‘nudge’ encourages me personally through some very lonely, cold, dark hours of training filled with countless ‘make or break’ moments. Your purchase, your visit, your time spent watching a video or reading a post empowers the muster to live Beyond Breakwalls and inspires choices in the forward direction. Your presence is an honor.
Reaching ‘Other Shores’, in my mind, is a metaphor to our daily lives and always has been; ‘It has nothing to do with swimming’. The trick is to make the connection between my life and yours. Dreaming and Hope are between those shores, in the courage mustered in that first step, in the willingness to live Beyond those very personal and unique Breakwalls.

‘The Brotherhood for the Fallen’ logo with the Police Memorial Ribbon is found on the sleeve of every garment. This logo represents the individuals who chose a side, planted their heels, and met their final call. I personally support this organization, the officers who knocked on their final doors, and the families they leave behind. The ‘nudge’, your visit, supports my colleagues and their families through some very lonely, cold, dark hours of healing.
Thank You for taking that chance,




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  • About Nial

    I fell a few times in the past few years that 'BBW' is a climb back, a rekindling of my Soul. The postings keep me 'tracking' in a passionate direction. I need that, Passion. The other piece that is so important to me, especially at this time in my life, is to somehow share the experience, the attitude, humor, pain... all things human. It's in this place we can relate and in certain moments...carry each other. I need that too.
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  • Swims Completed

    1. English Channel

    2. Strait of Gibraltar

    3. Manhattan Island

    4.Chicago Shoreline

    5. Chicago to Michigan

    6. Catalina Island