Award participant becomes second European to swim Strait of Gibraltar

Published: 2 Sep 2014

Duke of Edinburgh Award participant Lucie Leišová swimming the Strait of Gibraltar.

Lucie Leišová, an Award participant from the Czech Republic has fulfilled her dream of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar.

Making the swim, Lucie, 18, has become the second youngest European in history to complete it, and the forth and youngest Czech to achieve such a feat.

She conquered the 15k swim, which was 25.5km in total due to adverse sea conditions, with support from her Award supervisors. Lucie began her Award earlier this year and credits the programme for helping her to stay motivated and achieve her goals. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award challenges young people to commit their time to meaningful activities over time. Physical Recreation is just one section of the Award but one that helps young people to improve their physical fitness and overall well-being. 

Personal challenge

“I'm glad that I made it. It wasn't easy, but I believed that I could conquer it and thus fulfill my sports dream," says Lucie. "I'm proud that I can place myself among the four other Czechs who have swum across. I'm certain that if you really want something and you dedicate yourself to it that there isn't anything that you couldn't do.” 

The inspiration for the swim came when deciding what personal goals to set herself when she signed up for the Award. As well as this magnificent achievement, Lucie is also a member of the Czech and international Mensa and has ambitions to study law at a University in the United States. She hopes one day to build her own swimming school, helping others to participate in the sport.

Listen to Lucie talk about her historic swim and what she got from doing the Award.

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