1000 laps Yigal’s amazing swim
We first found out about Yigal Sela when he contacted us to ask how many laps his PoolMateLive could record. We dug a little deeper and he told his wonderful story. A few years ago he had knee cancer and several serious operations. Finally resulting in his knee being removed and locked straight.
He took up swimming and at 62 years young is celebrating the 13th anniversary of being cancer free (he calls it his second BarMitzvah). He decided to swim 25km in the pool in one go. He trained hard and did it, he’s already planning his next challenge, good luck Yigal!
Ellie Faulkner is a rising star We first found out about Ellie’s talents at a swimming awards dinner where we were lucky to be sat at the same table. Ellie and her mum enthralled us with tales about elite open water racing and all the bumps and scrapes that come with it. She won the young openwater swimmer of the year that night much to her delight. We were delighted to sponsor her as she began her quest for Olympic selection. She put in so much hard work and was delighted to make the GB team in the 200m Free relay and alongside Rebecca Adlington in the 800m Free! Ellie joined us at Challenge Henley on 16th September and raffled some special TeamGB kit. Find out more about Ellie at the Olympics website
Pro Triathlete Petr Vabrousek loves his PoolMateHR Professional Long Distance triathlete Petr was very keen to get his hands on a PoolMateHR to help with his swim training. Petr has an impressive resume including wins at Israman Ironman 2013 and 14 and the ITU World Cup Long Distance Triathlon.
Simon Bowler makes it to Kona Simon has been a keen triathlete for several years. Unfortunately we are to blame for his Ironman hobby which takes up a large portion of his life. Simon saw us compete in IM Austria and got the bug himself, he’s completed 6 now and qualified in Frankfurt last year for the World Championships in Kona. Simon completed IMFrankfurt in 9 hours 47 minutes, not bad for a 40 something and so much better than we could do. Triathlon has taken over his life and has now trained as a massage therapist and set up his own practice Simon told us all about his training and the race on our blog
Paralympic Triathlete gold medalist Clare rang us up one day asking if the PoolMate would work for her. Clare’s left arm ends at her elbow and she would be wearing it on that shorter arm so she could operate the buttons with her other arm. We weren’t sure at the time but sent her a watch. We were delighted to hear it worked fine.
Seb Navarro Seb is relatively new to the sport of triathlon having never swum or cycled before his first triathlon in late 2009 as a challenge. Previously, Seb was in the British Army and after leaving, qualified as an elite personal trainer – specialized in optimizing sports conditioning and sports nutrition. While in this role he has been an assistant Strength & Conditioning coach with Warrington Wolves RLFC, a full-time fitness coach to two professional tennis players and a coach to a Paralympic silver medalist runner. In his first year (2010), Seb has qualified and represented Great Britain at the World Age Group Championships (achieving a sub 2 hour result at Olympic distance) within 8 months of starting the sport. In 2011, he has qualified for the World & European Triathlon and Duathlon Championships along with gaining a place at the World Ironman 70.3 Championships all while suffering from calf injuries. Seb has now completed his third year and is focusing on gaining his professional race license in the near future. Seb trains with the PoolMatePro to optimise his stroke, technique and speed so that he can become a leading swimmer in the future. You can find out more about Seb on his website: www.sebnavarro.co.uk
We were delighted when the uber famous funny man David Walliams wanted to wear our PoolMatePro when he completed his 140 mile swim of the River Thames, it counted his strokes all the way home! Read more
Finally here’s a video of the most famous triathlon brothers in the world, the Brownlees testing out our PoolMatePro!