It was a very big year for AMANZI Swimmer Calypso Sheridan in 2015 as she entered her final and most important year at high school. Despite this, Calypso managed to keep up a heavy training load and continued to compete regularly across Australia and internationally. Calypso represented Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa and the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Singapore. Calypso managed personal bests across every event and finished with three medals at the Youth Commonwealth Games.
But her school work was obviously unaffected by her swimming, as she finished school with an OP 1 and dux of her school.
2016 is already looking to be even bigger for Calypso, as she now plans to move to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra later this year to train with some of Australia’s best swimmers in some of the best training facilities available.
Alongside this, Calypso received her first preference to study a double degree of Law and Biomedical Science, not surprisingly after such amazing results at school.
Please welcome Philippines swimmer turned triathlete Claire Adorna. Claire was awarded the 2013 National Swimmer of the Year and in the following year she was recognised as Best Up and Coming Female at the AsiaTRI’s Best of 2014 Awards, following her win in the individual triathlon event at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
Claire has been swimming since she was seven and swam throughout college, with many standout performances including her seven gold medals at the CHED National Championships in 2010. However, with encouragement from her parents and swimming coaches, Claire decided to try triathlon. Her background in swimming gives Claire a strong advantage in her triathlon races, often coming first out of the water. Now despite having built upon the other two triathlon legs, Claire still feels most at home when swimming.
Being relatively new to the sport, Claire still feels she has a lot to learn but has her eyes set on representing her country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Please welcome US triathlete Kaitlin Donner to our world-class AMANZI Girls team. Kaitlin joins fellow USA Triathlon team member Erin Jones on the AMANZI Girls team.
Kaitlin has been racing triathlons professionally since she was 20 and is now a member of the USA Triathlon National Team. Throughout high school Kaitlin stood out in all three individual triathlon disciplines, however she focused on running in college with a cross country and track scholarship to the University of Florida. In 2009, Kaitlin began to pursue triathlon at a professional level.
Kaitlin went onto further study at University of Florida, from which she has now graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy. During her off season, Kaitlin practices as a physical therapist.
Kaitlin currently ranks in the top 50 of the World Triathlon Series rankings. Career highlights to date for Kaitlin include 2012 USA Triathlon Under 23 National Champion and Athlete of the Year, 3rd place at the 2014 USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championship and most recently 2015 New Plymouth World Cup Champion.
Now with the countdown to Rio on, Kaitlin continues to work towards achieving her goal of representing her country at the Olympics.
Big news from our AMANZI Girls this month, two of our AMANZI couples have just gotten engaged!
AMANZI Girl Jacqui Slack and Ben Allen are unstoppable in the XTERRA Triathlon racing world and after a successful year of racing, the power couple topped it off with the announcement of their engagement.
Triathlon dream duo Courtney Home and Pete Capps are also engaged after Pete popped the big question just after Christmas.
Congratulations to our happy couples!
Santa’s little helpers Larah, Calypso and Laura are here to help you decide on the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones who love the water.
Gifts for the swimming superstar
AMANZI Swimmer Larah stands out on pool deck in her favourite, the AMANZI Tribal Vibe One Piece. Larah keeps it bright and colourful with the AMANZI Dreamscape Swim Cap and the brand new AMANZI Axion Aqua & Purple Goggles.
Gifts for the diving diva
12-year-old AMANZI Girl Kennedy loves the AMANZI A Charmed Life Two Piece, perfect for all our AMANZI Girls enjoying the Christmas holidays at the beach in the Southern Hemisphere.
Gifts for the triathlete
AMANZI Triathlete Laura’s favourite swimsuit is the AMANZI Secret Garden One Piece. The maze of colourful flowers and strong black lines stand out against the white background, making it a beautiful and unique swimsuit. Laura tops it off with the AMANZI Bluebirds Swim Cap and the AMANZI Axion Pink and Purple Goggles.
With ten new swim caps and two brand new styles of goggles, these are the perfect little something to fill Santa stockings.
Find your nearest stockist to get the perfect gift this Christmas.
Our AMANZI Girls were in fine form in the pool at South Adelaide Aquatic Centre last week for the Pacific School Games swimming and diving competitions. The Games saw 4000 of the best athletes in Australia, as well as seven other countries come together for a week of fun and competition.
Our junior diving sensations, Jade and Kennedy excelled in both their individual and synchronised events. Kennedy Cooper finished with four medals including Gold in the 3m, silver in both the 1m and the 10-12 years old platform. Kennedy finished off the week with a bronze medal in the synchronised event with her diving partner Lauren Flint.
AMANZI Girl, Jade Sweeney managed three wins in her individual events and was diving in a different AMANZI suit for each one! To top off the week Jade added a silver medal from the synchronised competition, diving for the first time as a mixed-gender pair with NSW team-mate Corey Jenkin.
In the swimming, AMANZI Girl Emily Racki racing for Team NSW finished 2nd in the 16 Year Old 100m Backstroke. Team Victoria Swimmers, Emma Malcolm from MLC Aquatic and Tarnee Dixon from Melbourne VicCentre were spotted on pool deck rocking AMANZI swimwear and a bronze medal each.
Congratulations to everyone who competed at Pacific School Games!
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!
Please welcome our newest AMANZI Girl, Olympic swimmer, Jessica Lloyd!
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!