For­eign diplo­mats shine at Sun Moon Lake swim event

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.”

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