Princess Charlene of Monaco has always been at home on the water and now the former Olympic swimmer will return to competing in a different way when she participates in a charity waterbike challenge this September.
The event, known as “The Crossing: Calvi – Monaco Water Bike Challenge” will take place from 12 to 13 September and start in Calvi, Corsica with two teams of four renowned athletes racing the 180km distance to Monaco’s Yacht Club.
The goal, according to The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, is “to travel from Calvi to Monaco in the shortest possible time by waterbike and to raise awareness of the various programmes run by the Foundation.”
Some of their programmes include water safety and learn-to-swim classes for disadvantaged children, with the Foundation also supporting sport and education activities in countries around the world.
Another famous face joining the princess in the race is retired UFC fighter Conor McGregor, who appeared in an Instagram photo with Charlene.
Princess Charlene shared: “@thenotoriousmma welcome to the team, so happy to have you on board with this challenge. Was great meeting and training with you!”
McGregor posted the same photo along with a series of others of the two racing, along with one of him posing shirtless with Prince Albert and another of the prince and princess smiling with McGregor and his partner, Dee Devlin. His post praised Charlene as a ”phenomenal athlete and Olympian.”
The Foundation’s main goal is to save lives by preventing drowning. “Since I launched my Foundation in 2012, we have reached over 300,000 people in 30 countries, teaching them to swim, to learn essential water safety skills and to appreciate the values of sport that are so dear to me,” Princess Charlene said on the Foundation’s website.
“Sport has the power to inspire young people and transform lives. This is central to my ‘Sport and Education’ programme. Teaching children essential lifesaving skills and the values of discipline, teamwork and respect for oneself and others will enable them to lead safe and fulfilling lives. I am determined to reduce death by drowning. Together we will save lives – one person, one family, one community at a time.”