Inspired by IAM Cycling, a group of Synergy Norway Team Members assembled themselves to create their own cycling team in pursuit of better health and to share the Synergy message. And it all started with a simple challenge that Presidential Executive Mads Østvang issued to his team to complete the Trysilrittet, a well-known cycling race in Norway.
Led in part by Emerald Executive Stefan Patrik Kristoffersen, the team has developed a passion for cycling over the summer. From June to August, the team competed in three races donning IAM Cycling jerseys donated by the official Synergy sponsored IAM Cycling professional team.
A total of six Team Members completed the Trysilrittet through Trysil’s majestic mountains. Stefan Patrik said one of the stand-out individuals on their team is 70-year-old Olav Hindseth who was able to complete the 75 k Trysilrittet much faster than many of his younger competitors. The team looks forward to repeating this race again next summer, involving as many Synergy Team Members as possible to raise money for Synergy’s non-profit partner 5 Star Legacy.
Every four years, international champions gather to participate in the ultimate test of athleticism and precision known to mankind—the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Like the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games showcase the tenacity and dedication of the world’s elite Paralympic athletes. Even though these athletes endure physical impairments, they push forward to become great in their sports despite the obstacles they face.
Sonja Tobiassen is no exception. She will be competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio on September 10 and 13 representing Norway in air rifle shooting.
Working as a nurse in Norway, Sonja noticed her muscles beginning to weaken in her mid-20s. At the young age of 25, she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, an incurable disease that interferes with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle. Now, 20 years later, Sonja is in a wheelchair and living every day with love and gratitude.
“The little things really mean something to me,” Sonja said. “Things like friends and family and stopping to enjoy the flowers. I live a good life, an independent life, with my daughter who is 17. I’m grateful every day for a house and a car and a sport that I love.”
While in a rehabilitation center in 2010, Sonja participated in an air rifle shooting activity. One man in the room was floored by her natural aim and consistency. Curious to see if Sonja was just having a lucky day, he took her to a shooting simulator where she again proved her natural talent. Soon enough, the Norges Skytterforbund (Norwegian Shooting Association) learned of her gift and, to Sonja’s surprise, a couple years later she found herself competing in London’s 2012 Paralympics.
To prepare for her second Paralympic Games, Sonja is putting a great deal of focus into achieving her goals. Essential to her training and everyday life is being able to take special care of her health.
Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: Paralympic Sharpshooter is Long-time Synergy Advocate
She’s a world champion, a world record holder, and an osteopath. Proudly sporting a Synergy logo on her windsurfing sail, she is also Synergy’s newest sponsored athlete who not only uses Synergy products, but shares them with her patients at her medical practice in England.
Zara Davis learned the art of windsurfing when she was 13, but took a hiatus from the sport from the time she was 15 until she was 27. Her employer at the time refueled her love for windsurfing and she hasn’t stopped since. She picked the sport back up quickly and even met her husband while lake windsurfing.
In May 2016, at almost 50 years old, Zara snagged her first-ever world championship title in women’s speed windsurfing while competing at the Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge in Fuerteventura. She not only beat out all of the other women in the competition, but recorded a better time than more than half of the men. Zara is also a six-time Europe speed windsurfing champion and is known by many as “the fastest woman on water” with the world records in the speed windsurfing mile at 34.74 knots and held the 500m world record at 45.83 knots (53mph).
“I love the challenge and I love being at sea,” Zara said. “For whatever reason, I found that I have a natural talent for the sport. It takes years to be good at it, but when you’re good at something, you obviously hone in on that skill. I’m using my talent to inspire youngsters, especially young girls, to take up sports and try windsurfing.”
Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: Synergy Sponsors Speed Windsurfing World Champion
Jimmy Rogers is a lifelong athlete, but really began testing his strength when he worked for Heineken many years ago lifting and carrying heavy cases and barrels of beer every day. As he grew stronger, he began to wonder what his body was capable of.
Jimmy has been bodybuilding for over 15 years and competes in multiple competitions. His love for the sport is apparent in his daily routines and activities, which reflect a health-conscious mindset. He spends countless hours at the gym, puts great effort into meal prep, and pays close attention to the nutrition he puts into his body.
Jimmy and his wife Louise run a nutrition shop in Naas Ireland where they act as distributors for a variety of supplements and nutritional products including Synergy’s products. It was a year ago that Jimmy first began using Synergy’s line of products and according to him, his experience has been incredible.
“I’ve loved my experience with Synergy,” Jimmy said. “Before the products, I was getting through my day but I was feeling tired.”
After he began using Synergy’s products he said that his daily activities seemed to become easier and that the products helped his body get into the swing of things that helped him find a beneficial routine which aided in his active lifestyle both inside and outside the gym.
Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: Irish Bodybuilder Relies on Synergy for Energy
Cathy McAleer is one tough woman, both mentally and physically, and is an elite athlete in mixed martial arts. Her schedule is booked with all things karate, from training herself and other karate champions to playing crucial roles in the operations of karate businesses throughout Ireland.
She is the Founder of NIKA (Northern Ireland Karate Academy) and runs two clubs in Queens Leisure Complex Holywood and Stormont Pavilion where she helps train a number of World, European, British and Irish champions. However, neither of these responsibilities are her full-time job. She works day-to-day as a general manager of one of Northern Ireland’s Virgin Active Health Clubs. In addition to being certified in sports massage therapy, Cathy has a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing.
- World WKC Kata Champion 2014
- World Kumite Karate Champion 2014
- WKC Silver Medalist 2014
- WKN European Full Contact Kickboxing Champion 2014
- WKN Draw for K1 World Champion 2014
- Undefeated Northern Ireland champion for 10 consecutive years
- 3rd Dan Karate Instructor and national coach for Northern Ireland
“Many people ask me how I fit it all in and also have the energy to compete and train,” Cathy said. “Synergy’s range of products has made a big difference. All of the products are compliant with WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, as being free of banned athlete substances.”
Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: Karate World Champion Gains Competitive Edge with Synergy Products