Extreme Swimming

One of the World’s leading Open Water Swimmers, Michael Ventre, is a passionate campaigner who believes that no one should go hungry. At the age of only 10 years old, he decided that he would one day swim the English Channel. In 2011, he realised this dream bu,t afterwards, realised that his hunger for the water still existed, and so his journey continues.

Michael Ventre is an extreme open water swimmer who lives in London but was originally born in Botswana. He joined the TORQ Performance Swimming Team, not to race on the UK cirucit, but as a long distance endurance challenge swimmer and fund raiser.  He successfully completed swimming the English Channel on 15 August 2011, in a time of 15 hours 18 minutes. He then swam the Molokai Channel in Hawaii on 6 August 2012 in 22 hours 30 minutes, swimming from Molokai to Oahu’s China Walls to complete two Oceans Seven channels (ranked #35 in the global list).

He also competed in the 2012 Winter Swimming World Championships in Latvia and swam from Robben Island to Blouberg in Cape Town on 25 February 2013 in 2 hours 33 minutes.

Swimming across the great channels and waterways of the world is a difficult and hazardous journey. Besides the elation and utmost sense of personal achievement of completing a challenge, there are also three organisations that Mike holds very dear to him on all his extreme swim adventures. They form a pivotol role in creating awareness of the plight of hunger and addressing the imbalances of the global food system. Along with providing relief in emergencies, they also provide education, skills and workshops to ensure the long term sustainability of communities around the world. To find out more, please click on each of the incredible organisations through the link below and share in his vision of a world where no one has to go to bed hungry:

Please see Michael’s website for more details – http://www.michaelventre.co.uk
Michael was born in Gaborone, Botswana in 1977, to British parents, where he lived till the age of 13 and went to Broadhurst Primary School. He then went to high school in Johannesburg, South Africa at St Stithians College and later attended the Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg). He is currently living and working in London and can be generally found swimming in whatever water is near him at the time.!