Milko van Gool
Milko van Gool is a 53-year-old open water swimmer from the Netherlands who serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor. Van Gool is employed by the European Commission and is the Head of Development Cooperation with the EU Delegation to Bangladesh who has completed three Oceans Seven swims to date. 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).
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- On 20 February 2010, he competed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in western Australia in 7 hours 15 minutes 54 seconds.
- In 2010, he completed the 22 km IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon in the Netherlands in 5 hours 43 minutes 23 seconds.
- On 17 March 2012, he attempted an unprecedented two-way crossing in the 32.2 km Bangla Channel at the International Bangla Channel Marathon Swim. He completed the first 16 km first crossing from Teknaf Fisheries jetty to St. Martin's Island jetty in 3 hours 46 minutes.
- On 26 February 2011, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 7 hours 29 minutes 52 seconds.
- On 27 July 2011, he cross the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 29 minutes 5 seconds at the age of 45. 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).
- On 30 July 2013, he completed a crossing of the 35 km North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 10 hours 34 minutes at the age of 47, setting the men's record.
- On 8 August 2015, he completed the 22 km IJsselmeer Zwemmarathon in the Netherlands in 6 hours 4 minutes 5 seconds at the age of 49.
- He swam across Lake Malawi in Africa together with Kaitlin Harthoorn on 9 February 2013.
- He completed a 44 km solo swim from Medemblik-Stavoren-Medemblik in the Ijsselmeer in 13 hours 51 minutes in June 2015.
- On 29 June 2018, he completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 9 hours 26 minutes 1 second.
- On 27 April 2019, he had the 4th fastest cumulative time of 16:04:28.5 in the 2019 SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona.
- On 24 August, he finished 4th overall in the 15.2 km Saguaro Lake stage swim of the 4-day SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3:28:52.8.
- On 25 August, he finished 5th in the 14.4 km Canyon Lake stage swim of the 4-day SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3:15:05.3.
- On 26 April 2019, he finished 8th in the 27.3 km stage across Apache Lake on Day 3 of the 4-day S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona in 6:18:00.9 at the age of 53.
- On 27 April 2019, he finished 5th in the 10 km stage across Roosevelt Lake on Day 4 of the 4-day S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3:02:29.5 at the age of 53.
2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination
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.
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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