Maltese record-breaking swimmer nominated for World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Neil Agius swam from Linosa, Italy in the Strait of Sicily to Gozo, Malta and created the Wave of Change campaign for Malta and Gozo.

The World Open Water Swimming Association has nominated Neil Agius, Malta’s own record-breaking swimmer, for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award.

The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) is an international organisation committed to organising, promoting, and recognising open water swimmers, with a yearly public acknowledgement honouring the best of the best.

Agius has been nominated for his work as an ocean champion and co-founder of the Wave of Change initiative, which raises awareness about plastic pollution in Maltese waterways.

The swimmer rushed to social media to express his thanks and surprise at being nominated for such a prestigious international prize, much to the delight of those who follow and support his efforts.

He is also well-known for swimming 126.3 kilometres from Italy to Malta over the Strait of Sicily in 52 hours as the longest unaided and continuous current-neutral swim in history. This nomination is well-deserved for the anti-pollution crusader, who established a world record in the Mediterranean Sea.

This isn’t the first time Agius has been recognised or honoured for his efforts; he recently earned a Medal for Service to the Republic from President George Vella. Agius is competing against a slew of swimmers from across the world, so if you believe Agius is deserving of the title, cast your vote and show your support for the local champion!