Défi Titicaca (France) – World Open Water Swimming Association

Malia Metella, Théo Curin, and Mathieu Witvoet completed an unprecedented self-sustained 122 km stage swim that took them 11 days across Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet) in altitude, bordering Peru and Bolivia.


Malia Metella, Théo Curin, and Mathieu Witvoet planned, prepared (for 2 years), and set off on an unprecedented self-sustained high-altitude eco-friendly 122 km 11-day stage swim across Lake Titicaca. Called Défi Titicaca, they took a day longer than planned and worked with elite coaches, experts on food, altitude, and cold acclimatization to succeed at the adventure.

Why they were nominated

For demonstrating what is possible on a self-sustained swim by producing zero waste of food and beverage while supporting Peruvian and Bolivian NGOs and transforming the vision and limitations of those with disabilities.




Performance of the Year


Malia Metella, Théo Curin, and Mathieu Witvoet

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