Tennis legend Navratilova gets back up, way up

From our friends at Laureus:

Martina Navratilova joined by Sir Bobby Charlton, Kim Clijsters and a host of stars to launch Kilimanjaro Challenge

LONDON, June 26, 2010 – On the middle Saturday of the Wimbledon fortnight, some of the biggest names of world tennis decamped from SW19 to Mayfair’s Westbury Hotel for a champagne reception to show their support for Martina Navratilova’s forthcoming ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Amongst those to join Martina were her Tennis Channel commentary partner, Jimmy Connors, her doubles partner, Jana Novotna, Vijay Armitraj  and in advance of her Round of 16 encounter with Belgian compatriot Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters

The tennis stars were joined by Laureus Academy members, Sir Bobby Charlton and Daley Thompson and Laureus Friend and Ambassador, Michael Lynagh.

During the reception Martina revealed full details of her plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in East Africa. Martina, who finished radiotherapy treatment last week following breast cancer, will lead a group of 28 climbers, including Deshun Deysul, South Africa’s greatest female mountaineer, German Paralympic cyclist Michael Teuber and British mountaineer Annabelle Bond, up the 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) mountain in December.

Martina also announced the creation of a specific website page where donations can be made to help her with her fund-raising goal –

Before the climb Martina will be visiting the Laureus-supported Mathare Youth Sports Association project in Nairobi – the kind of project which will benefit from funds raised during Martina’s Kilimanjaro Climb.

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