I first got into open water swimming in 2009 as part of a relay swim across the English Channel.
The training process ended up being a major turning point for me, one which paved the way for numerous other open water swims across the world and eventually to getting the Lake Geneva Swimming Association off the ground.
I met Joel during my gap year and we became good friends, studying and travelling together. During this time I, and in particular Joel, developed a passion for the Pacific region, which was made even stronger by some truly unforgettable scuba diving experiences.
Tim backing the swim at 7,694ft in Spain...on top of a mountain...
When Joel approached me with the idea of swimming Lake Geneva for the Free West Papua campaign and asked me to be involved, I accepted with the kind of enthusiasm I reserve only for really special and exciting projects. I am currently serving as Chairman of the Lake Geneva Swimming Association and when not busy meeting pilots, liaising with observers or solving logistical challenges I work as a mountain guide, and also enjoy participating in and organising extreme sporting events and expeditions, both in Europe, Asia and Africa.
If, like me, you want to be part of this adventure, do sign the petition that the swim is all about.
Add your name, #BackTheSwim and help #LetWestPapuaVote.