South African Cameron Bellamy has become the first person to swim around Barbados.

Bellamy did not finish his first attempt in September when he swam for over 27 hours and 66 km, but he vowed to return. But today, he realized his goal and became the first individual to complete a 96.4 circumnavigation swim around the tropical island in the Caribbean Sea.

Kristina Evelyn of the Barbados Open Water Festival reported, “Cam has done it. He has become the first person ever to #SwimAroundBarbados. 96 K. Nearly 41 hours in the water. Astounding. He never let up. Total focus all the way. Swimming for a purpose: The Ubunye Challenge.”

Bellamy is nominted for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award together with other individuals.


The WOWSA Awards are meant to honor individuals who best embody the spirit of open water swimming, possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers…

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