Birkirkara St Joseph swimmers in TunisiaSunday, May 27, 2012, 11:25
On Sunday 27th May, five open water swimmers from Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club will be flying toTunisiato take part in a 1,400-kilometer swimming relay across the shores ofTunisia.
This lung-sapping swimming marathon is the idea of renowned Tunisian long distance swimmer, Nejib Belhedi, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Tunisian Army, who decided to send the world a positive message about the region, following his country’s revolution of 2011 .
The purpose of the event is to promote freedom, peace and solidarity. It starts from the Tunisian/Algerian border in the Tunisian North Sea to the Tunisian/Libyan border in the Southern Tunisian Sea.
Since this relay won the World Open Water Performance of the Year, it attracted media coverage from all over the world. Top open water swimmers from the five continents will be joining Mr. Belhedi in his quest for peace. It was a great honour for Birkirkara St Joseph Open Water swimmer Keith Bartolo (photo) to be personally invited by Mr. Belhedi himself to swim alongside him. During the preliminary contacts, Bartolo described to the Tunisian authorities his Club’s Open Water Swimming set up and it was agreed that a team of Club open water swimmers will be accompanying Bartolo in this extraordinary event. The Birkirkara St Josesph swimmers making the trip are Keith Bartolo, national open water swimming champion Roberto Demicoli, Samuel Attard, Gilbert Bartolo, and Andrew Grech.