Please welcome US Triathlete and 2016 Olympic hopeful, Erin Jones.
Erin enjoyed both swimming and running throughout high school, but cut back on swimming to focus on her running in college. Halfway through college however, Erin transferred to the Elite Triathlon Academy in Colorado Springs allowing her to finish off her degree and train to be a world class triathlete, combining her love of the three sports.
Her career highlights to date include holding the USA Triathlon Under-23 National Championship title for two consecutive years, as well as being named the USA Triathlon under-23 Athlete of the Year for both 2013 and 2014. Erin is now a regular competitor on the International Triathlon Union circuit and has made it into the top 75 of the World Triathlon Series rankings.
With her eyes set on competing for the USA at the Olympics next year, we can’t wait to help Erin get there.
We are very excited to welcome up and coming swimming superstar, Larah Fedalto! It has been a very successful year for the 13-year-old St Peters Western swimmer who was crowned the 13-year-old Australian National Champion in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.
Alongside swimming and school, Larah manages to compete in hockey at a national level too! This year, Larah was selected to represent Queensland in both swimming and hockey.
Can’t wait to see what is in store for you this season Larah!
19-year-old German triathlete and junior world champion, Laura Lindemann, is the newest member of the AMANZI Girls amazing team. Earlier this year, Laura won the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, making her the junior world champion for the second year in the row.
Laura had a very impressive season leading up to her ultimate victory in Chicago being crowned the 2015 German junior (U23) national champion in June earlier this year and Junior Champion at the Geneva ETU European Championships. With her performances this year, Laura has her eyes set on racing in Rio next year!
Congratulations on a great season Laura and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next season. Willkommen Laura!
At only 16 years old, Jessica qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, making her the youngest member on the Great Britain Olympic team. Even at her first Olympics, Jess only narrowly missed out on a medal, when her relay team finished 5th in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
She then backed up her impressive performance in London, qualifying for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Having learnt from her experiences at the London Olympics, Jess came home with two medals, silver in the 4x100m Freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x200m Freestyle relay.
Now with less than a year to go until the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Jess is ready to race and hoping to qualify for the 100m Freestyle to continue on her path towards one day becoming world champion.
We hope to be cheering you on at Rio next year and every step along the way!
I love to train, I never want to miss a session and it has been no different this month. Oh wait yes it has – it has been even better, as I had an awesome range of swimmers to train in!
With our coach overseas we have had the privilege of training with NSWIS Head Coach and Australian National Coach, Chava Sabrino and his squad. Extra incentive to work hard when you are training right alongside your idols.
Our only planned competition this month was an interclub at SOPAC. I competed in my first Junior B competition of the season on the 1m springboard, finishing 1st, as well as gaining a national qualifying score for next year’s nationals. We are now all working hard in preparation for Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide in November.
This month, I was excited to receive a couple of surprise emails regarding awards. Firstly, I am a recipient of the Local Champions Sporting Grant/Award that I will be receiving next month from Fiona Scott (local MP). Secondly from the CEO of Diving NSW to say that I, along with my NSWIS teammate Ben, had been nominated for an award by the Old Swimmers Union of NSW. So I look forward to attending both these presentations, along with the Diving NSW presentation awards night in the coming weeks.
Double Olympian and 8 times national triathlon champion, Vendula Frintova, is the newest member of the AMANZI Girls team and our first athlete from the Czech Republic. Vendula started in swimming when she was a teenager, but wanting to mix it up, she added cycling and running. From there she fell in love with the sport and has been competing in triathlon for over a decade now.
In 2002, she began competing in the European World Cup series and the following year joined the ITU series, competing on a world scale. Her triathlon career continued to skyrocket from here with many more impressive titles under her belt, including qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and becoming the first woman from the Czech Republic to win an ITU World Cup event at the 2010 Mooloolaba Triathlon.
At Vendula’s Olympic debut at the Beijing Olympics she finished a respectable 23rd place. However, 4 years later at the London 2012 Olympics, Vendula improved upon her previous Olympic performance, finishing 15th. Now, with less than a year to go before Rio 2016, she is hoping to improve upon this placing once again.
We can’t wait to follow Vendula on her Road to Rio!
A warm welcome to the newest member of the AMANZI team, New South Wales junior diver, Jade Sweeney. At just 13 years old, Jade already has her sights set on representing Australia at the Commonwealth or Olympic Games.
Jade who has stood out for her talent at such a young age was selected for the NSWIS emerging talent program in 2012. Since then, Jade has continued to excel, winning medals at the Australian Elite Junior Championships and international competitions. Most recently, Jade was nominated for the NewsLocal Junior Sports Star award.
Jade often dives alongside fellow AMANZI Girl, Kennedy Cooper, in synchronised diving competitions. Last year the AMANZI Girls duo came first at the Singapore Diving Nationals Championships in synchronised diving.
We arrived in Taiwan early on the 22nd of April, with the race being on the 25th. So I had a good 3 days to familiarise myself with my surroundings. It was fantastic to go into a race without any niggles, or injuries wavering around in my head. My goal for this race was to get out of the water first, hold over 35km/hr on the 90km bike and stay near the front, and just hold on for dear life in the run so no one would catch me. And of course to finish and HAVE FUN! I did just this.
The swim was combined with the pro men, but these men where a level above that I have seen swim, so it was I just off the back of them. I managed to exit 1st with Eva, just on my toes. A quick transition and onto the bike saw me still in 1st. On the bike there was a head wind out, and Eva attacked at the start. I slowly caught her at the turn around (45km), where I stayed in the lead. However at 15km to go she bombed past me, but I knew that I had to stick to my own plan in order to run the 21km.
It started to get real warm at the start of the run, this is where I was caught by Katherine, just after 2km off the bike. We ran together for the first 7km and she then dropped me. On the final 4km of the run course all us pros where taken the wrong way, which made my 21km run a 22km thankfully it wasn’t longer because I saw the age groupers from the shorter race going the right way to the finish line.
To see the finish line, where my fiancé was calling me over the line, my old boss, who was my friend before my boss, where there to congratulate me and encouraged me to finish strong. I had nothing left, but still had a smile on my face when I finished. I actually did have fun and enjoyed every minute. That distance is a mental game, but you can in no way do it unfit! It will be a few hard months of training and racing before my next half iron man race in November! Love Brooke xx
14 year old swimming superstar and AMANZI Girl, Paige Leonhardt, is well on her way to making it to Rio for the 2016 Paralympics after a huge week of personal bests and podium placings at Australian Championships last week. Paige, who suffered an irrecoverable brain injury in 2006 after a car accident, has not let this slow her down in life or in the pool. The young gun at only 14 years old took on previous Paralympians at Australian Championships last week and continues to shine this week at Australian Age Nationals. We can’t wait to follow her on the rest of her journey to Rio and beyond!
Check out Paige’s TV appearance talking about her road to Rio and Australian Championships.
When an athlete joins the AMANZI Girls Team, she is doing more than just wearing our swimwear, she is also a role model for all of the young up and coming athletes around the world. Belgium Triathlete Sofie Hooghe is the latest athlete to join the AMANZI Girls Team. We’re here to tell you why we chose Sofie and why you’ll love her as much as we do.
She is a Math Nerd!
Sofie is currently studying a Bachelors of Accounting and Taxation! Not only is she an amazing triathlete but she is smart too! How cool is that!
She has Rio on her mind
Sofie is training and racing around the world in order to gain qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She is a world class athlete
Sofie has been competing in Triathlons all over the world with the latest being the ITU World Triathlon in Dubai.
She was an early starter
The amount of dedication, perseverance and courage it takes to compete in a triathlon is nothing to be sniffed at. The fact that Sofie competed in her first triathlon when she was only 14 years old is impressive to say the least.
She is an AMANZI Girl
When we take on a new athlete we always look for athletes who are not only great athletes but great people. Juggling training, racing, study and work is a challenge but it is very inspiring to know that if someone else in the world can do it all, so can you! Anything is possible, if you believe.