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Neil Agius reveals aim to swim from Sicily to Malta

Maltese environment campaigner Neil Agius is set to embark on his toughest test yet – a swim from Sicily to Malta.

The professional swimming coach, 33, has revealed he hopes to take on his next huge challenge in 2020.

The distance between the two islands is 165km.

During the summer, Neil swam around Gozo in 10 hours and 2 minutes to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our seas.

He has been swimming competitively for the past 22 years.

Neil, from Swieqi, represented Malta at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens – an experience most athletes only dare to dream of.

His drive to combine his personal goal with a wider need to address the ever-growing issue of plastic polluting the seas he so loves developed into the Wave Of Change Malta movement.

Only one other man has managed to swim from Sicily to Malta.

Nicky Farrugia went straight into the record books when he became the first and only swimmer to get from one island to the other in 1985.

He managed the feat in just 30 hours and 17 minutes.

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