Few athletes hold a record comparable to that of Oscar Chalupsky. He made history at the age of fifteen as the first person to win both the Junior and Senior Ironman titles on the same day at the South African National Lifesaving Championships, he not only competed but was the flag bearer for South Africa at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he competed in the K-4 1000 m event, reaching the semi-finals.
He is a multiple-times global surfski champion, having won the internationally famous Molokai to Oahu World Surfski Marathon championships in Hawaii a record twelve times – his most recent victory being at the age of forty-nine, 29 years after his first win.
Then, in 2019, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer and told he had six months to live. But as with everything else Oscar does, he is determined to emerge victorious. He continues to paddle kayaks, play golf, and with a combination of medical treatment, exercise, iron determination and unconquerable optimism, he has defied every doctor’s prediction to date.
On my recent chat with Oscar on Sports Legends with Bevo we spoke about how Oscar stays so positive despite going through some tough times with bone cancer and advice he has for others going through difficult challenges, how he first got into surf skiing and why competing for South Africa at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was extra special.
Oscar has a new book out called ‘No Retreat, No Surrender: The Inspiring Story of a World-Champion Sportsman and Cancer Warrior’ which you can purchase via https://www.amazon.com.au/Retreat-Surrender…/dp/1776390202
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