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Gozo Gap! 100 Swim From Gozo To Malta In Neil Agius’s Open Water Challenge

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One hundred swimmers have completed an open waters challenge this morning, swimming from Hondoq Bay in Gozo, through Blue Lagoon until Hola Beach Club in Malta.

Participants took off at 7.30am on Monday, accompanied by kayakers in an event called The Gozo Gap, part of a series of events in Ocean Festival.

Ultra-endurance record-breaking swimmer and Olympian Neil Agius has organised the festival to explore the pristine waters and seascapes of Malta and Gozo by embarking on unique swimming challenges, celebrating and protecting our sea.

Swimmers getting ready at Hondoq Bay

Swimmers getting ready at Hondoq Bay

“Together, we will bring a community of like-minded people who motivate each other to push past their limits to reach peak performance levels of fitness and wellbeing, while also learning to love and protect our Sea,” the event description reads.

All swimmers arrived on the beach after the 6km channel swim to a festive vibe to celebrate, network, and share a beer, smoothie and some food.

The next challenge will take place on 31st July, and will be a whopping 17km swim called the “Golden Bay Challenge”.

Neil Agius himself is now preparing for his greatest challenge yet – a 100-mile swim from Mallorca to Ibiza in Spain.

This swim is a world-first attempt in the longest non-stop, unassisted, current neutral, open water sea swim ever undertaken by any athlete.

Well done to all swimmers!

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Sam is a journalist, artist and writer based in Malta. Send her pictures of hands or need-to-know stories on politics or art on [email protected].

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