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BBC presenter Christine  will attempt to water-ski across the English Channel for charity

BBC presenter Christine will attempt to water-ski across the English Channel for charity

Christine Bleakley in the new Sport Relief T-shirt

Christine Bleakley in the new Sport Relief T-shirt

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

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Presenter Christine Bleakley

Presenter Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show is held up by two fans, whilst out enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show is held up by two fans, whilst out enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

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Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

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Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Christine Bleakley from BBC's The One Show enjoying the snow on Primrose Hill in north London

Zak Hussein

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley arrives at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall on April 26, 2009 in London, England.

Christine Bleakley arrives at the BAFTA Television Awards 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall on April 26, 2009 in London, England.

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Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley with dance partner Matthew Cutler

Christine Bleakley with dance partner Matthew Cutler

Christine Bleakley dazzling the judges on the Strictly Come Dancing

Christine Bleakley dazzling the judges on the Strictly Come Dancing

Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles

Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles

BBC presenter Christine will attempt to water-ski across the English Channel for charity

BBC presenter Christine Bleakley was making waves at the weekend when she came home to train for a Sport Relief challenge on Strangford Lough.

The Newtownards-born presenter plans to be the first woman to water-ski across the English Channel and, if she’s successful, will raise over £1 million pounds.

The co-presenter of the BBC’s charity sporting event started her training in Portaferry under the tutelage of the world’s disabled water-ski champion, Janet Gray.

A complete novice, Christine will have to stay afloat on her skis for more than an hour as she makes the 21-mile journey, facing the wake created by the sea traffic of the world’s busiest shipping channel.

Caroline Nolan from the Strangford Lough Office in Portaferry said: “Everyone here will be wishing Christine the very best with this challenge.”

This is just one of many Sport Relief challenges set to take place this year between March 19 and 21.

DAVID JEBB

Belfast Telegraph