Lefteris Paraskevas was born in Volos, Greece in 1975.
He lives and works in Athens as a hairdresser mostly for film. He is married and has a 4-year-old son.
Lefteris is a former swimming champion and former Member of the Greek National Swimming. He has been a water polo athlete for almost 30 years now and is an active member of Niki Volos Water Polo Team.
His journey as a triathlete started in 2011, when he participated in his first Triathlon Race, Ironman-Bolton. Other triathlon races such as Celtman, Ultraman followed, along with many major local triathlon races and open water swimming challenges. Lefteris has always used his athletic challenges as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for charity organizations supporting children.
In Spring-Summer 2015, Lefteris launched his charity campaign, “The Extra Mile”, which included 4 major athletic challenges leading up to the ultimate and most extreme triathlon in the world, the Enduroman “Arch to Arc”. In July 2015, Lefteris ran, swam and cycled a total distance of 463.5 km, starting at the Marble Arch in London and crossing the finish line at L’Arc de Triumph in Paris. While he was forced to abandon his race during the crossing of the English Channel, he still managed to continue and finish his effort in Paris even though he was disqualified. His campaign ended with important amount of crowdfunding money and with a deeply moving documentary.
In Summer 2016, Lefteris surpassed his self again by launching his second charity campaign, “GR10 Pyrenees Walk”. He managed all by himself, to cross Pyrenees mountains from the Mediterranean to Atlantic Ocean in 20 days, crowdfunding for ESTIA institute. His campaign ended with a big help for ESTIA institute and with a documentary of the effort for that cause.
In Spring-Summer 2017, Lefteris was part of “Nepal Project” charity campaign. Along with Nikolaos Mangitsis, Maria Saridou, Vassilis Sfakianopoulos, Christos Karamanis and Petros Nousias, went to the Himalayas [from Nepal Side] in order to accomplish 2 different goals. Nikolao’s goal was to climb to Pisang Peak and Lefteris goal was to break the Annapurna Circuit route record [ which was 72 hours]. He managed to do so in 68 hours.
Nepal project campaign continues till today with a documentary consisting of 3 episodes and several charity events in Greece, helping Kivotos tou Kosmou institute.
By pushing his own personal physical and psychological limits, Lefteris aims to raise public awareness and motivate people to go that extra mile in their philanthropic consciousness and civic engagement.