More than 120 experienced swimmers braved the icy waters of Lake Aguelmamn Azegza as part of the 6th edition of Ice Swim in Morocco, organized on Saturday January 21, 2023, in the province of Khénifra. Reports and testimonials.
At Lake Aguelmam Azegza, a veritable paradise on earth embedded in the middle of the Moroccan Middle Atlas mountains, swimmers representing Morocco, France, Argentina, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Luxembourg and Mexico competed in water of 2 degrees Celsius.
Neither the temperature nor the roughness of the paths that lead to the idyllic lake Aguelmam Azegeza scared off these extreme swimmers who competed over different distances from 50 meters to 1 mile.
The men’s 1km ice water swimming competition was won by James Leitch, followed by Guillaume Whelppon and Ibrahim Slaoui who took third place.
In the ladies, Marion Joffle took first place, followed by Samantha Whelppon and Arleen Gonzalez who placed third.
The 6th edition of Ice Swim in Morocco, which is one of the unmissable events on the International Ice Swimming Association calendar, was marked by a tribute paid to several experienced swimmers, including the President of the International Ice Swimming Association, Ram Barkai, the multiple world medalist in the discipline, the Frenchwoman Marion Joffle, the experienced South African swimmer Samantha Whelpton and several other confirmed athletes in this discipline.
Organized by the Moroccan Sport and Nature Association in partnership with the Royal Moroccan Swimming Federation, the 6th edition of Ice Swim in Morocco is a competition that promotes the practice of swimming in frozen water in Morocco.
By Ahmed Echakoury with MAP