Mr Lopez is known as the “Global Swimmer” and is using the platform of his world record attempt to raise awareness for plastic pollution in the ocean. His passion for swimming in open waters was born in Hong Kong seven years ago when his coach from the Open Water Swimmers Hong Kong encouraged him to jump beyond the shark net of Repulse Bay and swim 5km into the ocean. He has since then completed swimming races in the rivers, oceans and lakes of over 20 countries, always in podium positions, including day and night competitions ranging in length from just 100 metres to 58km. His races took place in waters at an altitude of up to 4,000 metres above sea level, with water temperatures from 0°C to 30°C.
Mr Lopez’s world record attempt began in March 2018 with a 25km swim in Perth, Australia. Since then, he has completed open water races in Cape Town, South Africa, Copacabana, Bolivia, and California, as well as the 34km English Channel Race from the UK to France, which he swam in July. His tour of the world will finish in November, when he expects to be the 9th person to swim 1km in the open waters of Antarctica – in 0°C water without a wetsuit or external help.
Diego Lopez grew up on the Canary Islands in Spain. As a private consultant, he has worked in the world’s main financial centres including London, Dubai, Hong Kong and New York City. He has lived and worked in 8 countries and visited over 80 in the seven continents. He has earned the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, awarded for swimming around Manhattan and crossing the English and Catalina Channels, and is currently the US National Champion of Winter Swimming. He is the President of Spain’s Ice Swimming Association and is working towards bringing the sport to the Winter Olympics in Beijing 2022.
Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others, including a complimentary glass of white or red wine.
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its generous assistance with this talk.