Neil Agius, a local swimming record-breaker, took to social media to announce his return to swimming next year, 2023.
He revealed that over the last couple months he had decided to take a break from posting on social media and kept to himself, avoiding social gatherings.
‘I did this’ he explained, ‘to fully understand if I want to take on another swim in 2023 and what impact this would have on my family, friends and of course Lara.’
He asked himself why he wanted to return – whether it was his ego; whether everyone was expecting him to do so; whether he had no choice and various other reasons.
‘Am I ready for all those sleepless nights and long hours of training? Am I mentally strong enough’ he asked. ‘I know we can be inspiration to many. I know that we can make everyone live a more sustainable life that will have long lasting positive effects on our livelihoods and future generations.’
‘After going through all of the above and much more I have decided to swim again 2023’ he said. ‘I’m super excited for what’s to come. It’s time to start focusing and with my team doing something special.’
Neil broke the Longest Ocean Swim by swimming over 135km from Linosa to Malta over a span of 50 hours last June. His feat earned him various awards and titles, but also helped contribute to a good environmental cause.