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HONG KONG 360

Simon Holliday’s 45km Hong Kong swim raised funds to teach migrant workers, refugees and under-privileged children how to swim. By Alice Gartland

SWIMMING FOR GOOD

On 11 November 2017, Simon Holliday completed a 45km unassisted solo swim around Hong Kong in 12 hours and 34 minutes, raising over 1 million HKD for the Splash Foundation, a not for profit swim school for under-resourced communities in Hong Kong. Simon is the second person to complete an ‘HK360’. The first was Australian Olympic swimmer Linda McGill, who finished the swim in 17 hours in 1976.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO UNDERTAKE THIS CHALLENGE?

I swam from Hong Kong to Macau a few years back and was looking for another challenge. Most people’s perception of Hong Kong is of the skyscrapers on either side of Victoria Harbour. But there is amazing swimming here, particularly around the south side of Hong Kong island and also the outlying islands.

Long distance swimming in Asia hasn’t yet reached the levels of popularity it finds in other parts of the world (although this is changing). Only one other person had swum around the island - Linda McGill in 1976. This seemed strange to me as it’s such an iconic island and there are many other round-the-island yacht and paddle races; people swim around Manhattan Island, which is about the same distance - why not Hong Kong Island?

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Welcome to our February issue! The new issue of Outdoor Swimmer is packed full of awesome features to help you keep your New Year challenges on track and inspire your swimming adventures. An introduction to the world's most iconic swim, the English Channel; wild swimming adventures; swimming heroes; neoprene accessories on test; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.