Say Hello to our newest AMANZI Girl, Jade

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.

AMANZI Diving Duo

Photo credit – Kennedy Cooper

Welcome to the team Jade!

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Skincare Tips for Swimmers

AMANZI Girl Brooke in Nefertari

Keep your skin glowing like our gorgeous AMANZI Girl, Brooke


You may feel like you are half fish when it comes to loving the water, but your skin is telling a different story. It is very important to take care of your skin in and out of the water not only for superficial reasons, but because damaged skin really can prove detrimental to your health. The following skincare tips are for all our swimmers out there who want to make sure they can maintain their fishy lifestyle without damaging their skin.

  1. Sunscreen

If you are swimming outdoors it is imperative that you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. You know all those sunscreens that promise you they won’t come off with sweat or water- they are lying. Make sure to reapply regularly to ensure the effectiveness of the sunscreen. Also, use a sunscreen that doesn’t have dangerous chemicals in it that can cause cancer rather than prevent it.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Dry skin is much more susceptible to damage from chlorine and other elements than hydrated skin. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids to keep your skin hydrated. Not to mention, swimmers should be drinking lots of waters anyway!

  1. Chlorine-resistant Swimwear

Swimwear that uses chlorine-resistant fabric will ensure your swimwear doesn’t absorb chlorine then continually rub it against your skin. As a bonus, swimwear built with chlorine-resistant fabric lasts longer. You need look no further than the AMANZI website for chlorine-resistant swimwear, because all of our swimwear is made with chlorine-resistant fabric.

  1. Rinse Swimwear

Rinse your swimwear immediately after every swim session. This will help eliminate any chlorine it may have absorbed during your training session. Besides you also want to get off any dirt or sweat that may have gotten on the swimwear while you were working hard in the pool!

  1. Shower after every Swim Session

Thoroughly wash your skin after every training session. When you use soap and water in a shower it helps ensure that chlorine doesn’t become bound to the skin.

  1. Treat Sensitive Areas

If your skin gets irritation, chaffing or a rash from swimming, make sure to treat the affected area. Putting Vaseline or Paw Paw cream on irritated areas before you swim can help prevent further irritation. Hydrocortisone is great for treating your skin after swim practice to relieve irritation, itching or burning.

  1. Consider Special Lotions

There are many lotions on the market to help treat skin that gets irritated from chlorine. You apply these lotions before you go into the pool to help neutralise the chlorine that comes in contact with your skin.

  1. Moisturise

Constant contact with water takes away our skin’s natural oils. Us swimmers shower, swim, shower, swim, shower, swim, and our skin would beg us to stop it if it had a voice. To help your skin stay hydrated, regularly moisturise after every shower, before bed and throughout the day

Learn to Love the Winter Season

Dive in.. in your uggs

Photo credit  – Laura Dennis

As winter settles in for Australia and the rest of the Southern hemisphere, a lot of ladies who prefer to be outdoors for recreation and their sport may be dreading the months ahead. Yet there is no real way of getting around winter unless perhaps you have the capacity to escape to the Northern hemisphere this time of year, like our AMANZI Girls Penny Hayes and Laura Dennis are doing. But for most of us, that is not an option, or at least not an immediate one. In the meantime, it behooves a lady to learn to embrace the chilly season.

So how does one learn to love the winter? Well, we can’t say with a 100% certainty we at AMANZI have mastered this skill of loving all the seasons equally, but we do have some useful tools that may help you loathe winter a wee bit less.

1. Dress Warmly

If you are one of those people who just hates the cold, then it is time to step up your layering game. When you wear an excessive amount of layers it can make it feel a lot warmer outside, so that you can comfortably go around without shivering too much. Invest in clothes that’ll help you feel warm and comfy during the winter season.

2. Spend Lots Of Time At The Pool

Indoor pools are around the same temperature year round. It is always a lovely feeling to walk into a warm pool area when it is miserable out. This is especially true if you can find a pool in the area that is heated to a nice and warm temperature. This whole winter thing seems like the perfect excuse to spend more time with your AMANZI swimwear in the pool to train if you ask us!

3. … But Dry Off Thoroughly After Each Swim Session

Make sure you have a showering and drying off routine after every session at the pool. A steaming, hot shower and a hair dryer will do wonders to reduce the amount of misery you experience when you go to face the elements outdoors after a hard training session at the pool.

4. Don’t Let It Stop You From Going Outside

When you don’t spend any time outdoors during the winter, it can be difficult to acclimate to the chillier weather. Unless the temperatures are extremely low or there is severe weather warnings, there is no reason to always stay inside. So suck it up and venture outdoors! You may be surprised how quickly your body gets used to the chilly weather when you give it some time to do so.

5. Adjust Your Training Appropriately

Our bodies function differently during the winter. Joints and muscles become stiffer, and the body needs to work harder to stay warm. Adjust your training routine and expectation to the match the season to avoid injury and optimize results. If at all possible work with a coach or trainer to see exactly what you should be doing to adjust your training regimen to the winter season.

Acai Bowl Bliss

Acai bowl

Acai is a delicious tropical fruit which is all the buzz lately in the health and nutritional world. The sweet tasting and healthy nature of this purple and delicious fruit makes it a great option for those looking to enhance their diets with nutritional foods. Acai fruit is known to promote healthy skin, aid weight loss, improve cardiovascular health, reduce cancer risk and increase cell health. All in all it packs a strong punch of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals making it well-worth incorporating into your diet.

So you may be wondering, what is an “acai bowl” anyways?. When I first heard about it I imagined myself building a bowl out of tiny berries, but it actually isn’t a berry mosaic. An acai bowl is simply a blend of acai served in a bowl. You add into it your favorite toppings. The result is a thick and creamy ice cream like experience, but it is actually really great for you. If you are looking for a chilly treat this is a great way to satiate the sweet tooth without breaking your diet.

Acai bowls do require some clean up and prep, so this is more of a recipe to make when you have time to cook up a treat in the kitchen. But we can promise the work is worth it! Without further ado, let’s get onto those acai bowl instructions as promised.

How To Make an Acai Bowl

1. Start with an Acai smoothie

Whatever method you prefer to make an acai smoothie, go ahead and do so. You can buy smoothie packs or use the actual acai root to make a smoothie. For the purpose of speed, we recommend just using the smoothie packs to hurry up the process. For the smoothie you can add in your favorite ingredients to smoothies like bananas, coconut milk, yogurt, chia seeds, or whatever you want to enhance the flavour.

2. Get the perfect frosty texture
Either add more liquid or more substances to thicken or thin the smoothie’s texture. You want it to be thick enough to eat with a spoon! To thicken it you can add bananas or yogurt, and make sure not to overdo it with any of the liquids that you add to the smoothie. Make sure to add in ice or frozen berries to make it an extra refreshing treat!

3. Put It In A Bowl

Once the acai is thick enough, you’ll want to spoon it out into a bowl. You can put it into a cold bowl to help slow the melting process of the acai smoothing and add cold ingredients at the bottom to reduce the amount of surface area of the smoothie that is exposed to warmer temperatures. Pro Tip: You want to have you toppings ready before this process, so that your acai bowl doesn’t melt while you’re getting your topping ready.

4. Add your toppings

Finally you can add on all the toppings you want to personalize your acai bowl. Add on nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate, fruit, peanut butter or whatever may strike your fancy. Get creative! Try to add on something crunchy to add some nice texture into your acai bowl. It is like an ice-cream sundae without any of the guilt!



Bronze for Brooke Langereis at the Challenge Taiwan Half

Brooke Langereis pre-race

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

Road to Rio

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.


Welcome Sofie Hooghe

Sofie HoogheWhen 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.

  1. 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!
  2. She has Rio on her mind
    Sofie is training and racing around the world in order to gain qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

8 Tips for Preparing for your First Race and Every Race

Race Day

Photo credit - Portia Doragas 

No matter what your sport, preparing for race day is key to preforming at your best. Even if you do not set out to win the race, obviously you are also racing against yourself and aiming for those PBs! If you follow these tips closely, you’ll be able to do your very best come race day.

  1. Fuel your Body
    During the whole process of training, you should be feeding your body the most nutritious food possible suited to your training. It is important to maintain this up to race day- especially in the last 24 hours before a race. Try to eat light and normal foods to avoid having digestive issues during the race, but make sure you eat enough to maintain energy to get through the race.
  2. Fuel your Mind
    Racing isn’t just about getting your body prepared, it is also about having the right mental attitude. Get your mind amped and confident for the race, so that you don’t encounter any mental barriers along the way.
  3. Have all your Gear Ready
    The day before the race make sure you triple check that all of your gear is packed up and ready to go. You don’t want to end up forgetting any key components on race day, because that may mean not being able to compete at all!
  4. Have a Dress Rehearsal Before Race Day
    You should have a couple of dress rehearsals before race day to ensure that your mind and body know what to expect. This will help you get a feel for exactly what the race will be like before the day of the race, so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises.
  5. Let Your Friends and Family Know About The Race
    A little bit of moral support can go a long way in the race. Even if your friends and family can’t make it to the actual race day, they can offer support and love throughout the training process. Plus, it gives you another chance to complain to someone about the crazy amount of training you’ve been doing!
  6. Train Consistently
    You probably already know this, but you should be training consistently up until race day. This means that you are going to witness the whole gamut of good, bad and ugly workouts. Some days training will be fun, sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do. This is normal, and you’ve just got to push on through.
  7. Consider Including A Friend
    Running a race? Doing a triathlon? Why not coax a friend or two into joining you? Multiple studies have shown that runners go faster when they are paired together. Plus, it gives you an outside motivator to keep you working hard throughout the process of training for race day.
  8. Keep Calm
    Race day jitters are really common, and they commonly throw off people’s performance. Try breathing exercises, meditation and yoga to train your mind how to relax in stressful situations. P.S. Racing is supposed to be fun, so don’t get yourself worked up over nothing!

7 Tips on How to Take Care of Swimwear

No sitting on rough surfaces Laura!

No sitting on rough surfaces Laura!

Getting a nice piece of sports swimwear is an investment in our love of swimming. To keep it in prime condition for as long as possible is ideal, but to do so requires a little bit of effort on our part. These tips will help you keep your swimwear in tip-top shape for longer.

1. Chlorine Resistant Swimwear
When you have swimwear that offers high quality materials and durable cuts to begin with then it is going to naturally last longer. In the long run investing in better swimwear will save you money, because it does not deteriorate as quickly as swimwear of inferior quality. All AMANZI Swimsuits are made from AMANZI Armor Chlorine Resistant Swimwear Fabric which has been designed and milled in Italy.

2. A Swimsuit for Every Activity
Having separate swimwear for the hot tub, beach, sun bathing and athletic swimming is a good idea. The first three activities mention on that list are particularly hard on swimwear materials, so maybe consider having swimwear you don’t like as much on hand for those activities. For sports swimwear always choose chlorine resistant fabrics like AMANZI Armor.

3. Multiple Swimsuits
Rotating swimsuits between swimming sessions allows the material of the swimwear to dry and recover between swim sessions, so that the material of the swimwear will stay like-new for longer.

4. Rinse and Wash with Every Use
Rinsing and hand washing your swimwear after every use can make all the difference. Bacterial, chlorine, salt water, etc. all break down the materials of the swimwear. The sooner you can wash the swimwear once you are out of the water, the better.

5. Lightly Wring Out
If you must wring out your swimwear after washing it do so very lightly. It is best just to let it air dry indoors.

6. Washer or Dryer
Even if your washer has a hand wash cycle chances are that it is rougher on it than you would be with your hands. As for the dryer, just NO, don’t do it.

7. Avoid Rubbing Against Rough Surfaces
Sitting on concrete, the blocks, pool deck etc. all are abrasive on the material. Swimwear is for swimming not for sitting anyways! Speaking of rough surfaces next time you see AMANZI Girl Laura Dennis sitting on rocks at the beach (like she is above) be sure to tell her that it’s a huge no no!!!

9 Tips to Improve Your Freestyle Technique

Laura Dennis Freestyle

Photo credit - Laura Dennis

Here are some tips to improve your freestyle technique for beginner to intermediate swimmers. Unlike other more complicated strokes, since we are so familiar with freestyle visually and mentally, it can be difficult to make minor corrections. Remember to be patient with yourself as you work to refine this stroke to help reach your athletic and/or fitness goals.

  1. Most new swimmers naturally want to keep their torso turned towards the bottom of the pool. For the freestyle stroke you really need to focus on swimming on your sides by rolling from side to side with each stroke. Not only will this technique improve your speed, it also helps you engage the muscles on your back to avoid shoulder injuries.
  2. A nose-clip for beginner swimmers who are working on their technique is a great way to help the swimmer focus. The nose clip keeps the water out of a swimmer’s nose when they are working on fine-tuning their strokes. It isn’t for everyone, but if you are easily distracted it may be worth a shot.
  3. When you are training make sure to have swimwear that allows for comfortable range of motion in the shoulders and back. AMANZI Swimwear is designed with thin straps and open back that give swimmers the freedom they need to work on their freestyle stroke.
  4. To keep good momentum as your hand enters the water, make sure that you are driving it in aggressively. Imagine the speed that a pelican hits the water, and that your hand is the beak of the pelican.
  5. Consider using power paddles when you train to help refine the position of your hand. Using hand paddles help ingrain the correct position of the hands into your muscle memory.
  6. Kick from the hip, not from the knee. This means your leg will be relatively straight when you are kicking through your freestyle laps.
  7. As you work through your laps remember to point your toes constantly to avoid extra drag. For runners, you may need to do ankle stretches to help open up the ankle to hold it in the pointed position.
  8. Work with a coach, trainer or even another swimmer, so you can receive feedback on your freestyle stroke from another set of eyes. Often our technique may feel right, but another person can see things you can’t.
  9. Keep focused with every stroke. It can be easy to drift back into bad habits when swimming. To form new and better techniques one has to constantly concentrate on their stroke until it becomes natural.