Michelle Muscat announced she’ll once again be taking up a swimming challenge in aid of The Marigold Foundation, and this year’s swim is set to be her longest one to date.
In 2015, Mrs. Muscat swam the Gozo Channel, followed by a South to Port swim in 2016. This year, she’s set her eyes on a North to Port challenge, which will see her start from the Għallis Tower in St. Paul’s Bay, all the way to Marsamxett Harbour. This comes up to a total of 10 kilometres, which should take around six hours.
Muscat’s personal swimming coach and Special Olympics National Director Anna Calleja said the Prime Minister’s wife has been training every day for the last year, even during the recent general election period. Calleja went on to say Muscat has already completed 10 kilometres of swimming twice as part of her training.
“I obviously don’t think I’ll be able to continue doing this for the rest of my life,” Muscat said. “Every year, I get older and the distance increases.” She definitely seems to want to make the most of it while she can, though, with the swim planned to go down on the 22nd of July. This will coincide with the Marigold Foundation’s Annual Fundraising White Party, which is being organised at Fort St. Elmo. Proceeds from the North to Port swim will go to NGOs which support different causes such as the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.