Stroke For Egypt, Where The Red Sea Is Blue

Stroke For Egypt, Where The Red Sea Is Blue

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

At the Stroke for Egypt event in the Red Sea, event director Khaled Shalaby stretched a 5 km floating Egyptian flag over the bright blue sea as an expression that Egypt is safe, sunny and a perfect location for aquatic events and profitable investments.

There were 2 km, 5 km and 10 km open water events as well as a water polo tournament, fin swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, and disabled athlete events.

It was pretty cool,” recalls Lexie Kelly, one of the invited foreign athletes who was gushing with compliments on the first year event. “It was lovely how all the aquatic athletes arrived at the same time. I enjoyed being on the same flights as the water polo team and with many familiar faces in the open water community.

It was very easy upon arrival having the Stroke for Egypt signs so we knew we were in good hands right when we landed even at an extremely early hour of the morning. We were greeted with flowers and event shirts by the event directors and escorted directly to our hotel where they had a very streamlined process to get us in our rooms as soon as we got there. Upon entering the room, they had food ready for us in case we were hungry. They put a lot of thought and heart into arranging this for us. Khaled and Sherry met with the swimmers later and asked us our needs. They were very attainable and generous

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Steven Munatones