Maltese swimmer Neil Agius needs no introduction but if you’re new here, he’s possibly one of Malta’s legendary athletes and environmental activists. Neil has announced his 153km swim from Tunisia to Sicily – bazikament he’ll be crossing the entire Med in what is being called a record attempt.
Fitness Community Bulletproof shared photos from the launch as well as some more information. “This is no ordinary man, what he is attempting is historic for swimming, for the cause itself and for Malta,” they said, referring to Neil’s Wave of Change campaign which entices locals to clean up areas they visit.
“Double the swim, double the fun,” Neil shared at the launch. Neil is expected to take on this historic challenge between 26th June and 7th July when weather conditions are most favourable. The former Olympian will be swimming around Gozo three times on three consecutive days to prepare for the big swim which should reportedly take around 50 hours of non-stop swimming.
Last summer, Neil attempted a Sicily to Malta swim, completing it in record-breaking time: 28 hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds. He was even nominated for an open water swimming award!
The swim is also being supported by Wave of Change, the campaign which he co-founded to raise awareness against plastic pollution. Now, Wave of Change, which has become a registered foundation, is launching Double the Wave Challenge with the target to collect one million pieces of plastic.