Milko van Gool

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Milko van Gool, a record-setting channel swimmer
ILDSA observer Andrew Coyle, escort pilot Quinton Nelson, Milko van Gool, and Irish Long Distance Swimming Association President Billy Wallace after van Gool's record-setting North Channel crossing on 30 July 2013


Milko van Gool is an open water swimmer from the Netherlands successfully completing the English Channel on July 27, 2011 in 10 hours and 22 minutes. He raised US$6,500 for Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) that aims to reduce the number of drowning fatalities among Bangladeshi children by providing information and swimming lessons among the children of the poorest population (in Bangladesh 47 children per day die of drowning).

Van Gool is employed by the European Commission and is the Head of Development Cooperation with the EU Delegation to Bangladesh. He also swims across Lake Malawi together with Kaitlin Harthoorn on 9 February 2013.

He also set the men's record for crossing the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland on 30 July 2013 in 10 hours 34 minutes.

Ik ben Milko van Gool (45), sinds 1998 werkzaam voor de Europese Commissie, momenteel als Hoofd Ontwikkelingssamenwerking van de EU Delegatie in Bangladesh. Ik woon sinds augustus 2008 in Dhaka met mijn vrouw Asha, en onze kinderen Milan (12), Tara (9), Rohan (6) en Geena (3).

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[edit] 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Van Gool was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Milko van Gool of the Netherlands swam the English Channel to kick-start funds as a donation to the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) which strives to reduce the epidemic of drowning fatalities among children in Bangladesh. As Head of Development Cooperation with the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh, Van Gool has seen first-hand the devastation caused by drowning. Instead of merely commiserating with families hit by such tragedies, he is doing something positive and concrete about it. In a country where nearly 50 children die every single day due to the inability to swim, Van Gool, a father of four, is reducing the number of drowning fatalities among Bangladeshi children by helping the CIPRB provide information and swimming lessons among the children of the poorest population. For his humanistic care among a population that is surrounded by water, for his take-action attitude, and for selfless work to share his passion for the open water, Milko van Gool is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

[edit] Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh

The Centre tries to prevent drowning in Bangladesh. In relation to its population, more children die from drowning in Bangladesh than in any other country. More than 17,000 children drown each year (or 47 per day).

Water is everywhere in Bangladesh, a land of massive rivers, deltas, rice paddies and ponds. And the risk of drowning may be increasing with climate change, extreme weather patterns, frequent flooding and rising sea levels.

In response, UNICEF and its partners like the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh have been teaching Bangladeshi children to swim in order to save their own lives and the lives of others.

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