Foreign diplomats shine at Sun Moon Lake swim event
Several foreign diplomats posted in Taiwan took part in this year’s Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival and turned in good performances at the popular tourist destination in the central county of Nantou late last month.
Damion Potter, the United Kingdom’s deputy representative to Taiwan, finished in 14th place in the event, which involved a threekilometer swim across the lake.
“I was delighted to be able to join 2,000 Taiwanese in the annual swim across Sun Moon Lake,” he said. “It was a great challenge in gorgeous surroundings. Finishing amongst the top 20 swimmers was a real bonus,” he added.
Other foreign participants in the competition included Viktoria Lovenberg, deputy head of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan, and Beatriz Curiel, a trade official at the office, who came in 12th and seventh place, respectively.
They were pleased with their performance and said that it was a good event. The scenery sur- rounding the lake is beautiful, they added.
However, they noted that it would have been better if there had been more English-language information on the event so that more foreigners in Taiwan could have been aware of the activity.
The annual Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival is held around the Mid-Autumn Festival, drawing swimming enthusiasts from Taiwan and abroad. The lake is one of Taiwan’s top tourist destinations.
Swimming across the lake was only the latest challenge Potter has undertaken during his time in Taiwan. Since he took up his post in 2013, he has hiked up Jade Mountain, the highest peak in the country, cycled around the island, run up the Taipei 101 building and completed a triathlon in Hsinchu.
“Taiwan is a great place to try new things, with excellent sports facilities. Before moving here, I had never participated in any of these activities,” Potter said. “I’m a regular-sized 40-year-old; if I can do these things, then I guess anyone can.”