Limb-it-less Shaz attempts to make history at the 2024 Kathmandu Coast to Coast
In a remarkable display of resilience and determination, renowned amputee Shaz Dagg, also known as Limb-it-less Shaz, is attempting to make history as the first female amputee to complete the Kathmandu Coast to Coast as an individual.
Facing the challenges of having only one arm (and one kidney!), Shaz, Aotearoa's first elite para-triathlete, remains undaunted, emphasising the importance of confronting challenges with a positive mindset. Along with the personal satisfaction of completing the event, she is also using her journey to raise funds for Kidney Kids NZ.
Shaz's journey began after a farm accident in December 2016 that resulted in the amputation of her left arm below the elbow two years later. Despite this setback, she has pursued her passion for sports, including becoming the first amputee to kayak the length of Lake Taupo.
Shaz first competed in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast in 2021, doing the 70km kayak section in a tandem kayak with a support person in case she got into trouble. However, this year, the Kathmandu Coast to Coast team has allowed her to paddle solo, providing a support person shadows her in another kayak. Unlike 2021, when she competed with only one arm, Shaz has received a specially designed socket for cycling and a 3D-printed adaptation for her kayak—a groundbreaking development that marks a first in the world.
“My biggest concern is how I will manage in the kayak with the constant nerve-ending pain with ‘Stumpy’. I don't know if I'll be able to achieve it, but I won't know unless I try," she adds. "I love the challenge of figuring out how I will do something. I might only have one wing, but I can still fly!”
Adding to her repertoire, Shaz is a motivational speaker who believes in turning negatives into positives and continuously challenging herself. Her story reflects the essence of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast—a journey of endurance, adventure, and overcoming obstacles.
Standing on the start line is challenging enough for many able-bodied athletes, which makes Shaz's remarkable journey a testament to the unlimited potential within human resolve. “With the right mindset and determination, anything is possible. Shaz's participation is a powerful reminder that the essence of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast knows no bounds, and her story inspires us all to overcome obstacles in pursuit of our goals," says Race Director Glen Currie.
Shaz's participation in the Coast to Coast not only symbolises her personal triumphs but also serves as an inspiration to others facing challenges. Her fundraising efforts for Kidney Kids NZ aim to support young children with this disease, reinforcing her commitment to making a positive impact in the community. “I want to complete the Kathmandu Coast to Coast as an Individual to fundraise for Kidney Kids and support young children on dialysis, as well as to prove that just because we're challenged, it doesn't mean we can't succeed," she says.
The 42nd Edition of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast is on the 9th and 10th of February, 2024. To follow Shaz’s journey as she aims to become the first female amputee to finish the event as an individual, download the Kathmandu Coast to Coast App, and follow #448 in the 2-Day Individual category.
To donate, head to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/limb-it-less-shaz-dagg