Longest Journey on Skates-world record set by Swee
[Dec 27]HUA HIN,Thailand--Swee Chiow breaks the World Record
of the Longest Journey on Skates. He completed a distance of 4176km
on skates after 66 days in Hua Hin, Thailand, on the eve of Christmas.
Singaporean adventurer Swee
Chiow embarked on this mission in October of this year to
tour throughout Asia on his skates with a primary aim of raising
awareness on the importance of reducing energy consumption amongst
individuals and companies.
"With natural resources depleting rapidly across
the globe, energy-conservation has never been more crucial. In fact,
it has become increasingly necessary for someone to go the extra
mile to draw attention to the seriousness of the matter," said
Khoo Swee Chiow.
"With the support of Brocade,
I will embark on this expedition to highlight the critical need
for each of us to strive to become more environmentally-conscious."
As a member of the Green Grid, a non-profit consortium
dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business
computing ecosystems, Brocade
(Nasdaq: BRCD) recognizes the significance and importance of energy
efficiency. This has been crucial especially with the increasing
demand for green data centers around the world.
"Today, data centers and computer rooms across the
globe consume approximately two percent of the world’s energy, and
will continue to grow on a daily basis," commented Deb Dutta,
Vice President, Asia Pacific / Japan of Brocade. "Through this
sponsorship, Brocade hopes to contribute to protecting our environment
by creating awareness for the importance of energy conservation
and educating the public about it in the process."
will continue on his journey to Singapore and cover a total distance
of 6,000 km setting a new world record for inline skates. He intends
to do it within 100 days.
Khoo, who was one of the first Singapore representatives
to scale Mount Everest in 1998, is also the holder of the existing
World Record for the Longest Scuba Dive in a Controlled Environment.
He said of his endlessly supportive wife, Madam
Tok Wee Leng: 'If I didn't have a wife like my wife, I wouldn't
be able to do any of this.'
Mr Khoo, 43, said at a press conference at the
Shangri-La Hotel: 'While not all of us will skate a distance of
6,000km, we can do something in our daily lives to protect our environment.'
He cited installing energy-saving appliances at home and turning
off the office lights at the end of the day as helpful habits.
Swee Chiow has set foot on both of the
earth’s poles, and in 2003, he was the first man in the world to
ride a bicycle 8,066 kilometers from Singapore to Beijing, China,
in 73 days.
Chiow will travel through major Asian cities in Cambodia,
China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam before finishing his trip
in Singapore in late January 2008. Supporters of Swee Chiow can
track his daily progress throughout the 100-day journey by visiting
his website at www.daretodream.com.sg
Khoo’s expedition is also sponsored by:
Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Keppel Corporation, Bods.Bodynits,
Canon Singapore, Oakley, PowerBar and Skateline.
The Singaporean man has scored remarkable milestones
in his career as a professional adventurer
* 2000: Officially said goodbye to office work as an
IT engineer to become self-proclaimed “professional adventurer.”
He conquered seven major mountain summits in one year.
* 2002: Travel to the North Pole
* 2003: Cycle from Singapore to Beijing
* 2004: Swim the Malacca Channel
* 2005: World record for the longest
* 2006: Climb
Mount Everest for an astonishing second time