Monday 17 January 2011
Two long distance swimmers, Arnaud CHASSERY and Philippe CROIZON
One valid, the other one handicapped (four limbs amputated).
Took part in the world amateur championship of long distance swimming in 2008 in Australia.
In 2008,managed to succeed in the emblematic event of long distance swimming across the Channel (the paragon event) in16h38.
In 2010, swam across the straits of Gibraltar in 4h04.
After two years of intensive training, managed to swim across the Channel in13h23,a real achievement.
The first man in the world to achieve this feat, named the Everest of swimming, with such a heavy handicap.
WHY REALISE SUCH A HUMAN ADVENTURE ?
With our partner International Handicap, we want to show our determination and cooperation in the symbol of world solidarity defended by this NGO.
This symbol remains to be defined, but here is a concrete example: a petition across the five continents to stop the production and use of antipersonnel mines which kill and mutilate every 90 minutes.
Our aim will also be to bear a testimony of courage and surpassing of oneself, to show that solidarity still exists and then to reveal handicap in a new light.
For us swimmers, this human adventure will mean: swimming across Oceania, Asia, Africa ,
Europe and America from May to September 2013 to link them symbolically in order to build bridges between the five continents and thus demonstrate that men are not so distant from one another. If we can swim from one continent to another it is because men are closely linked together beyond social, cultural, political or religious specificities.
However, the aim of this initiative does not only deal in a sporting event, it also shows our determination to support the countries particularly vulnerable to handicap.
If you recognize yourself in our project ,our ideas and our values please join us.
Arnaud and Philippe.
Telephones: Arnaud 06.45.61.96.46
TOGETHER WE WILL CROSS THE OCEANS.