Our Brand Ambassadors

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Per Bittner

Mr Bittner took 2nd place at the 2016 Challenge Melbourne, Challenge Fredericia and Challenge Rimini, and 1st place at the 2016 Challenge Aruba, 2017 Leipziger Triathlon and 2017 Arendsee middle distance. Originally from Germany, his partner is Yvonne van Vlerken and together they support one another’s passions for triathlon and fitness.

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Yvonne van Vlerken

Ms Vlerken is the European & Dutch Champion for Long Distance (2017). She took 1st place at the 2016 Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand, the 2017 Challenge Almere with a new course record, and the Challenge Wanaka with another new course record and time of 9:15:00. Originally from Austria, Ms Vlerken shares her passion for triathlon with her partner, Per Bittner.

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Alex Polizzi

Mr Polizzi is originally from Australia, and has taken part in triathlons all over the world. Last year, he took 2nd place at the Krabi International Triathlon, 4th place at the 70.3 Ironman in Vietnam, and 5th place at the Ironman 70.3 Thailand. He trains intensely and continues to improve his performance.

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Amelia Rose Watkinson

Ms Watkinson is a professional triathlete from New Zealand, and holds the goal of becoming World Champion. She ia a 2x National Half Marathon Champion and has a 66% win rate. In 2016, she took 1st place at the 70.3 Thailand and 1st place at Bohol 5150 in the Philippines. In 2017, she took 1st place at the 70.3 Taupo New Zealand, 1st place at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, and 3rd place at the 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships in Australia.

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Antony Costes

Mr Costes, aka ‘Le Tigre’, took part in his first triathlon aged 9 and has raced as a professional athlete since 2012. In 2016, he took 1st place at the Ironman 70.3 Gurye and 2nd place at the LPT half distance. In 2017, he took 1st place at the Ironman Barcelona and 3rd place at the Thailand Challenge. He is originally from France and holds a PhD in Biomechanics.

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Irene Coletto

Irene is an Italian Triathlete from Padua – Nord Italy. She has been a multisport competitor for over 5 years, starting with running and Duathlon before moving to Triathlon. She decides to become a Pro Triathlete to follow her dreams “Work with Passion”. She described more that being a part of Thanyapura Triathlon Team is also another dream that she could make it comes true.

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Mitchell Paul Robins

Mr Robins has won a number of triathlons over the years, including the UEM Sunrise Iskandar Puteri Triathlon Challenge in 2017 and the Pattaya Triathlon in 2015. Originally from Port Macquarie Australia, he began training for triathlons in 2008. He won his first professional race in his hometown at the Port Macquarie Half Ironman in 2010.

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Lucy Richardson

Ms Richardson is a triathlete hailing from Devon in the UK. She has only been training as a triathlete for a couple of years, and is already enjoying success with the sport. She competed in 2 triathlons held in the UK in 2016, taking 4th and 5th place respectively. She continues to train and improve her athletic performance.

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Sasha Gervais

Originally from Montreal, Sasha Gervais has been intensively triathlon training at Thanyapura for over a year and was named Ambassador for this sports centre that he qualifies as one of the best in the world. Several competitions in the last year including Sprint and Olympic distances as well as Trail-running races have seen him on the podium.

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Julia Rick

Ms Rick is the current WWA Wake Park World Champion in both Women’s Professional and Women’s Fitness. She dominated 2017’s wakeboarding season by taking first place in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, the Philippines and Shanghai. Prior to her focus on wakeboarding and kiteboarding, she was part of the Second German Football League in Cologne (1.FC Köln).

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Mikhail Makarov

Mr Makarov has completed 3 Ironmans with a time of 9:46 at Challenge Roth, 6 Ironman 70.3s with 3 races in under 5 hours, and 3 marathons including the PR in Berlin with a time of 3:08. Originally from Russia, Mr Makarov only began training competitively at the age of 33 and has been training ever since. He first began preparing to compete in Ironmans in 2013 and learned a lot during his stays at Thanyapura.

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Dervla Louli Musgrave

Ms Musgrave is an author and founder of the travel portal Compareretreats.com, and works primarily as a Digital Editorial Consultant. She has previously worked with the Hong Kong Tatler as their Digital Editor, with Edipresse Media Asia as their Director of Integrated Content, and with Sassy Media Group as their Managing Editor where she oversaw 7 different websites spanning Asia, the Middle East and Australia. She is currently based in Hong Kong.

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