Zone3, one of Europe’s leading triathlon and swimwear brands, is expanding its already world-class athlete roster to include Josh Amberger, Non Stanford, Bart Aernouts and Daniela Bleymehl for 2019 and beyond.
These athletes join a well-established team that include the current Ironman World Record Holder Matt Hansen, British Ironman Record Holder Tim Don and Australian ITU Icon Jake Birtwhistle. All of the team will wear Zone3’s brand new 2019 Vanquish wetsuit with its improved flexibility and buoyancy, to give them the edge against their competitors in the swim.
Josh Amberger is already widely-renowned as one of the fastest long-distance triathlon swimmers, leading out the swim at the Kona World Championships in the past two years. With the help of the new Vanquish and Zone3 Kona swimskin, Josh aims to break the Kona Swim course record in the new few years.
When asked about the Zone3 range of swim apparel, Josh said: “From the first second after the gun goes off, I use every stroke in the water to open up a lead on my competitors and to set up the race from the front. As a performance focused athlete, I’m always looking for ways to enhance my feel and speed in the water, and the Zone3 Vanquish has enabled me to consolidate a technical advantage over the field. I have full confidence in the suite of products Zone3 offers me for training and racing, and I couldn’t be happier to partner with this progressive brand.”
ITU Superstar Non Stanford will also join the Zone3 team in this key period, leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. With medals on offer in both the individual races and the Mixed Team Relay, Non is looking forward to the opportunities that this partnership can provide. “I’m excited to be working with Zone3 going into the last couple of years of this Olympic cycle. At such a crucial point in the build up to Tokyo 2020, where selection is on the line and world class performances are essential, it’s reassuring to have the backing of a great British brand with a world-class product.”
Bart Aernouts had a phenomenal 2018 season, capped off by finishing second at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In doing so he became only the second person in history to complete the course in under eight-hours. Moving forwards into 2019, Bart is keen to keep his focus on the Big Island, saying: “If I get the chance again to battle for the win in Kona I’m ready to take more risks as I already have a podium finish under my belt”. Swimming in Zone3 for 2019, Bart is happy to join the team. “I’m very happy to join the Zone3 family in 2019. Triathlon is my passion and it feels great to find ambitious partners that share this passion for the sport. I’m looking forward to enjoying my swimming as never before!”
Daniela Bleymehl (formerly Sämmler) rounds off the last of the athletes to join the Zone3 roster for 2019, aiming to build on her hugely successful long distance-triathlon season from 2018 where she won a thrilling battle against Lucy Charles to win Challenge Roth, as well as winning Ironman Italy to already gain qualification to the Kona World Championships in 2019. Daniela, on her new partnership with Zone3, said: “One of the main aspects of my preparation for racing this year is to improve my swim, to put me in a position to have more tactical possibilities for the bike and run! That’s why I’m very happy to team up with Zone3 and to train and race in the Vanquish wetsuit this season! I can’t wait to use the sleeved swimskin for non-wetsuit swims like in the World Championships race in Kona, Hawaii. I’m so excited for the season to start!”
Sam Begg, Sponsorship Manager at Zone3, commented: “We’re incredibly proud of the athletes who currently represent Zone3. To be increasing the team to include all of these new athletes is fantastic for the brand. The next two years hold some brilliant opportunities, with members of the team set to compete at the Ironman World Championships in Kona and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We are delighted to be supporting these athletes and giving them every advantage they can in their journey to reach new limits.”
For more information, please see www.Zone3.com