Andre Belibi, a 37-year-old athlete from Switzerland, set up a bathtub in St Sampson’s Square on Thursday, January 11. He filled it with cold water and ice and got inside with the intention of staying submerged for 30 minutes. However, Belibi ended up lasting a total of 50 minutes. He is in the UK to raise funds and awareness for his world record attempt on February 24 in Calgary, Canada. The current record is held by Valerjan Romanovski from Poland, with a time of just under three and a half hours. Belibi is raising money for Autism Canada as his 12-year-old daughter, Kira, who lives with her mother in Colchester, is diagnosed with autism, and he wanted to raise awareness of the condition.
Belibi and his partner, Anniina Lintunen, 29, from Lancashire, will travel the UK this week to gather support for the challenge. Belibi first got involved with cold water therapy after running over 2,750 miles across America from Los Angeles to New York. He turned to cold water therapy after suffering from depression following the challenge. The therapy is said to help with muscle recovery, the immune system, and mood improvement. Belibi’s training involves daily cold-water therapy and breathing work to help him withstand the cold for longer periods of time. Looking ahead to the world record attempt, Belibi said that his faith in succeeding is higher than the fear. He advised others preparing for a challenge to believe in themselves and keep pushing forward. To keep up to date with Belibi’s world record challenge, follow him on Instagram (@andre_belibi) or visit his JustGiving Page titled Breaking the Ice Bath World Record for Autism.