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‘This is why we do what we do’ – Neil Agius commends Fourth Grader attempting 2.2km swim
Another challenge brewing in San Anton’s Grade 4.

Jillian Mallia

A little activist in the making! Fourth Grader (Year 3) student Zac Bugeja is making waves – quite literally! – with a challenge he’s preparing for.

“As a keen sea and nature lover, he is very concerned about the constant harm being done to our planet and seas. With this in mind he delivered a presentation to his class on World Ocean Day, which he prepared by himself, in order to spread awareness and to make his community stop to think and take action,” San Anton School’s Facebook page reads.

Zac is also an avid swimmer and is being coached by the one and only Neil Agius, who is soon attempting his historic 153km swim from Tunisia to Sicily. “Inspired by his record-breaking swimming coach, Zac is also training to attempt his own challenge, to cross from Gerbulin, Mellieha (near Ghadira,) to Slugs Bay and back, in September – a total of 2.2km.” Way to go, champ!

“Zac is another example of how children of all ages can have big dreams which they can achieve with the support of the adults around them,” commented his proud class teacher Ms Tania Gauci Fenech.

“Besides his supportive parents, Team Zac also consists of three of his classmates, Mimi Zammit, Michael Fiorini Lowell and Jamie Grech Larsson who are his no 1 fans, also accompanying him while training,” San Anton shared.

His coach and Olympian, Neil Agius, shared that “this is why we do what we do,” saying that Wave of Change is about inspiring the future generation to care about and for our planet. “Well done, Zac, you rock. Can’t wait to watch you take on your big challenge.”

17th June 2021


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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