Former Olympic swimming champion will participate on Saturday in an Aquathlon in a lagoon of Tahiti. Paradise? Not sure. Manaudou will have to overcome her fear of sharks.
Laure Manaudou will brave Saturday in the lagoon of Tahiti’s “fear of sharks’ by participating in an Aquathlon intended to raise funds to improve hospital conditions for children in French Polynesia. On the sidelines of a visit Wednesday to small patients of Hospital Taaone, on the island of Tahiti, former Olympic swimming champion confessed, smiling a little apprehensive of the ocean: “20 years I swam in a pool, from the windows, and I ‘ am afraid of sharks even though I was told they were kind here “.
It will still play with water to one kilometer swimming and five kilometers of running on Saturday in the Tahitian lagoon. The organizers also offer more accessible distances, to open the race to all swimmers, “from 7 to 77 years”. Ballot boxes placed along the course will reap funds that will be donated to the association Pererau here o te tama (wing love children, in Tahitian).
“This fund more comfort that care as education, games … this is the distraction of the child during care”, welcomed Dr. Jerome Pasche, head of the pediatric ward, which already has hosted local or national stars like Djamel comedian or singer Yannick Noah. Visiting a multimédaillée allows the disease to forget for a few hours. “I was impressed because he is a champion, but I’ll put his poster in my room, “says Teraimanarii six years, squeezing under his arm that comes from him be autographed.