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Ryk Neethling appointed CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa

The South-African World Champion and Olympic gold medallist, Ryk Neethling, has been appointed CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa.

“Ryk is a true champion – a man of integrity, talent and remarkable inner strength,” commented HSH Princess Charlene.  “He is passionate about water safety and will, I know, take my Foundation from strength to strength in South Africa,” continued the Princess.

Ryk Neethling is one of the most accomplished swimmers in history. An Olympic Gold Medallist and the first South African athlete to represent his country in four consecutive Olympic Games, he also holds the title of three-time World Champion and four-time World Record Breaker.

Following his retirement from swimming, Ryk launched, among other things, the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools franchise in 2008.
 
Reflecting on his appointment, Ryk Neethling explained, “Since my swimming career started at the age of five after a near-drowning incident, I have shared the same passion for water safety as HSH Princess Charlene. Twenty-five years ago, we both began representing South Africa at international swimming competitions, and it is an incredible honour for me to now be entrusted with the task of leading her Foundation here in our country.”

"I am excited about the future of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA as the cause is a critical one,” he went on to say. 
For more information, see the press release.