Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri is following in the footsteps of Lewis Pugh, Doug Woodring, Bruckner Chase and many other open water swimmers who deeply care about the marine environment and mankind’s impact on Mother Nature.
At the 2021 FINA World Swimming Championships in Yas Bay in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the elite Italian dual athlete and world record holder participated in a beach club with the local swimmers before anchoring the winning FINA 4x1500m mixed relay with Martina De Memme, Domenico Acerena, and Giulia Gabrielleschi.
Paltrinieri’s words spoken on at Al Bahia Beach summed up the feelings of many, “We should give more than we take from the environment. And this is a beautiful place, Abu Dhabi, but sometimes it is ruined by plastics or something on the beach. While I am swimming, I feel part of nature. So when I am swimming and I see beautiful places ruined, I feel like it is our mission to do something and help preserve the natural environment.”
Photo courtesy of FINA.
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