Steve Redmond chats with President Higgins in Bantry. Pic: Brian Moore

by Brian Moore

OCEANS Seven swimming legend and Ballydehob resident Steve Redmond made a special presentation to President Michael D. Higgins at the launch of the Bantry Atlantic Challenge 2012 last weekend.

Steve gave the President a stone from the beach where he came ashore after his final swim across the Tsugaru Strait in Japan.

“There’s a man for you,” President Michael D. Higgins told the huge crowd gathered in the town square.

“Steve has brought great pride to this country by becoming the first person to swim the seven oceans of the world and I am delighted to have this stone from the Tsugaru Strait,” President Higgins continued.

Steve completed his record-breaking swim when he successfully crossed the Irish Channel, the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Moloka’i Channel in Hawaii, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and finally the Tsugaru Strait in Japan.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to meet the President here today and I want to wish the crews, their supporters and everybody who worked so hard to organise this great event all the best for the coming week of festivities here in Bantry,” Steve said.