Cody-Unser-webShe is the daughter and granddaughter of Nascar greats Al Unser and Al Unser Jr., but instead of breaking records behind the wheel, Cody Unser is making history beneath the waves. On Saturday April 2, the 29-year-old scuba diver extraordinaire became the first paralyzed woman to be inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame at the Beneath the Sea awards banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey.

“It was such a huge honor,” says Unser. “What makes this so special to me is the fact that I am the first woman with a disability to be inducted. It’s been interesting for me to see the dive industry embrace the disability community.”

Paralyzed from a sudden onset of transverse myelitis at the age of 1