Prime Minister Joseph Muscat joked that he always sends his wife Michelle stories of sharks sighted in Maltese waters before her annual fundraising swim.
“A story of a shark in Maltese waters somehow always pops up before the swim…always!” Muscat said in an interview with Xarabank. “I always send her these stories as a joke and she doesn’t take it well, but obviously these things will be at the back of your mind. Speaking for myself, I get a bit startled when my legs touch a bit of seaweed, let alone…”
Chuckling, Muscat said that the sea is somehow always choppy on the day of the swim
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“She has something about her; as soon as she steps into the sea, it gets rocky. She jokes about it too and, on the day of the trial or the swim, she tells us that the winds will start blowing.”
The Muscat twins Etoile and Soleil also admitted they feel worried for their mother’s safety, with Etoile saying that she no longer accompanies a crew on a boat following Michele Muscat because the fear is too much.
“I pray a lot for her and I know she can do it, but I still pray just in case a whale swallows her up or something,” Etolie said. “Everything’s possible.”
“I’ll be on the boat shouting ‘Mummy!’ and giving her some courage,” Soleil interjected.
Funds generated by the swim will go to the Marigold Foundation, who will distribute them among NGOs, including ones which train young athletes with disabilities for the Special Olympics.
“Egoistically, I’d rather the swim doesn’t happen, but the results that it leads to are great,” Joseph Muscat said. “We all cheered at the recent results of our athletes at the Special Olympics but the truth is that they wouldn’t have had the means to compete and train were it not for the swim and the funds it generated.”
Michelle Muscat’s swim this Saturday will see her attempt to swim 14km between Ċirkewwa and Mellieħa, her longest swim yet.