Abhejali Bernardová Continues Her Mission In Palau
Bernardová is an active peace runner and member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Zlin, Czech Republic who became the tenth person in history, fourth woman and first swimmer from Czech Republic to achieve the Oceans Seven channels.
She has also achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Manhattan Island Marathon Swim) and completed a number of 6-day run, 24-hour runs, and 100 km runs.
She is running and swimming in Palau with its 200+ islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The Peace Run is held on the islands of Koror, Meyungs and Babeldaob that are linked by bridges or causeways.
Not only is Palau the first country in the world to create a shark sanctuary, the Palau Pledge was created by the children of the island which every visitor must sign before entering Palau:
Children of Palau.
I take this pledge,
as your guest,
to preserve and protect
your beautiful and unique
“I vow to tread lightly,
act kindly and
“I shall not take
what is not given.
“I shall not harm
what does not harm me.
“The only footprints
I shall leave are those
that will wash away.
Palauans have also taken the pledge including the president, the first pledgee, and traditional chiefs and residents. Education plays an important part in supporting the pledge as locals commit to protecting and celebrating the uniqueness of their home. A new curriculum for primary and secondary school students and other programs will help build eco-awareness in tomorrow’s leaders and conscious business principles within the tourist sector.
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.