Neil Agius (Malta) – World Open Water Swimming Association

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 former Olympic pool swimmer from Malta swam 126.3 km from Italy to Malta through the Strait of Sicily as the longest continuous, unassisted, current-neutral swim in history over 52 hours while creating and promoting the Wave of Change campaign for Malta and Gozo. The personable anti-pollution activist set a world record in the Mediterranean Sea to raise awareness of plastics pollution of the seas.

Why he was nominated

For ably serving as an ocean advocate and co-founder of the ‘Wave of Change’ campaign which raises awareness of plastic pollution in the Maltese sea.




Man of the Year

Swimmer/Ocean Advocate

Neil Agius

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