A fascinating insight into the role of sport on personal development and how it can help shape a person’s self-belief and confidence was provided by the young Scottish-French mountaineer Alasdair Mckenzie at an event organised by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation for the benefit of Lycée Albert Ier students in early February.
In an effort to cultivate a culture of self-improvement amongst Monaco’s youth, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation organised a conference on the theme of self-betterment through the intersecting lenses of sports and education on Thursday 8th February.
Students from all age groups at the Lycée Albert Ier were invited to attend the conference, which was led by the thoroughly impressive Alasdair Mckenzie, a 19-year-old athlete with numerous mountaineering achievements and records already under his belt and a dream of becoming the youngest mountaineer to conquer the world’s famous 14 peaks above 8,000 metres. It is a feat that only 44 climbers in history have achieved.
In his capacity as an accomplished athlete and a project partner of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Mckenzie’s talk aimed to inspire and motivate Monaco’s students by presenting tangible examples how overcoming challenges and attaining personal goals can help form a stronger sense of self and of self-belief.
In comments shared on Instagram after the event, a representative for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation said, “[Alasdair Mckenzie’s]journey and the sports challenges he has overcome with determination and perseverance serve as a source of inspiration for the younger generation he represents… The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation would like to deeply thank Alasdair for his participation and wishes him all the best for the rest of his adventure.”
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Alasdair Mckenzie at the event, photo credit: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier de Monaco