Messaoud Belhedi is swimming along the entire coast of Tunisia – 1,400 kilometers – day by day, week by week, month by month. His dream of building bridges not only across his country, but also across a region of the world currently in
political upheaval, is lofty and inspirational.
Initially his 1400K stage
swim was a solo effort, but Nejib has developed friends and supporters along
With growing media support, swimmers from all over the Middle
East are now interested in carrying on his vision on, for a more peaceful and
promising future. The organizer of the Dialog Across The Seas and an
English Channel swimmer, Nejib is moving full steam ahead, swimming from the
west to the east.
Through the force of his humble yet forceful personality,
his vision of peace is growing larger and inspiring more and more swimmers and
non-swimmers alike. For his difficult stage swim, its complicated
logistics and his ambitious open water swimming plans across borders in the
midst of turmoil, Nejib Ben Messaoud Belhedi’s Nejib Ben
Messaoud Belhedi is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.