At Sunwise we strive to give back to the community supporting up and coming professionals and teams. Amongst others Sunwise supports all team members in their journey to achieve their dreams. Here we will be keeping you up-to-date with all new team members and major events from the Sunwise Team with additional links, so you can join Sunwise in watching their growth and success in reaching their goals.
In their toughest challenge yet Pilgrim Bandits a group of injured and amputee service men recreated a series of missions that took place 70 years ago in WW2. For the expedition they pushed themselves to test physical and mental strength as they crossed the Norwegian Hardanger Plateau the largest such plateau in Europe and the site of one of Norway’s largest glaciers. Working together to overcome any challenges and to keep up team spirits.
In these extreme conditions all equipment is important and Sunwise were proud to support the Pilgrim Bandits as they took on this ground-breaking expedition.
“Thank you Sunwise Sunglasses, the glasses were an absolute god send. Without sunglasses of this calibre we would all have had snow blindness. As you can see from the photo, Ben Parkinson MBE rated them too. We’ll be back for more for the next expedition. Thank you again for your support.” Pilgrim Bandits
Kate Hughes former Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour Player has toured the world and had 2 top 10 finishes in the U.S. and 1 victory in Japan. She was top 5 nationally ranked player in Division I NCAA College golf whilst attending University of Minnesota. Competing whilst at University Kate was successful academically as well as an athlete leading to many championships and honors including unanimously chosen to be inducted into Woodbury High School’s Hall of Fame as the very first inductee.
Kate’s experience, success and passion enables her to provide real world expertise to the next generation of World Class golfers. Loving everything golf also helps!
Together with Sunwise Kate chose model Sunwise Peak MK1 Grey for the golf course and she “love love love” them!
“They felt awesome, great look and performed great!” Kate Huges
Kate has even reviewed the Sunglasses for Bunkers Paradise A community of Golf Fans and Players.
Kates final thought on Sunwise Peak MK1 Grey
“I endorse these shades because they perform just as they are marketed. No visual disturbances through the round from Tee to green and my eyes and head never felt better after a round of golf. Great Job Sunwise!!!”
Corpus Christi College Boat club are a team of 8 women rowers all studying at Oxford University. They have set themselves a record breaking expedition to help others. The challenge will be to row a massive 180km from Oxford to London for UK charity ‘Beat’ in just 3 days.
The crew will be putting all their passion into gruelling early morning training sessions and preparation for the event which starts on 23rd June. Pushing their bodies and testing their mental strength to the limit to complete this challenge. Showing true determination this will be only the second time an all female crew has made the journey along the Thames.
Sunwise are proud to support the Corpus Christi College Boat club as they take on this challenge. Their chosen Sunwise are Twister Navy, with high cut lenses for ventilation in high speed activities and also goes great with the team kit.
“Pushing their bodies to the limit to stop eating disorder sufferers from doing the same.”
You can follow their journey at https://twitter.com/CCCBCforBeat
This is a big step up from Formula Renault BARC for the talented young driver Josh and he will have a huge amount to learn and gain a lot of experience and new skills. The car for 2013 is completely new with a much more powerful engine than the previous GP3 car and more than double the power of Josh’s old Formula Renault!
This is an exciting new challenge and Josh will test himself further in the new 400hp car. All the qualifying and races will be shown on Sky Sports F1 HD.
Josh as always will be giving it 100% and Sunwise are looking forward to supporting him in the next steps of his career, GO JOSH!
The GP3 Calendar:
10/12 May Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona)
14/16 June TBA
28/30 June British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
05/07 July German Grand Prix (Nurburgring)
26/28 July Hungarian Grand Prix (Hungaroring, Budapest)
23/25 Aug Belgian Grand Prix (Spa Francorchamps)
06/08 Sep Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
01/03 Nov Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina, UAE)
Sunwise are proud to announce new sponsorship of England Top 3 Pole Vaulter & U20 star Sophie Cook. Sophie competes in national and international events for the Birchfield Harriers. Sophie has also been short listed to represent Great Britain in the Junior European Championships this year in Italy.
Having achieved a Personal Best of 3.80m in 2012 Sophie took part in the Cardiff Internationals competing against 2012 Olympians and coming an impressive 3rd overall.
Sophie’s dream is to use her remarkable talent and skill to qualify and compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Sophie’s chosen Sunwise are Waterloo White and Bude Grey for her hard impact training.
Major achievements for 2012:
UK Women’s League Premier Division – 3rd Place 3.80m
Welsh Athletics International- 3rd Place 3.70m
Aviva England Athletics U20/U23 Championships & World Trials-2nd Place 3.60m
Aviva English Schools Championships- 2nd Place 3.55m
The most successful team in the history of the European Formula 3 Open, Sunwise Partners Team West-Tec F3 have signed fresh new skilled drivers in their quest to conquer the 2013 Euro F3 championships.
Cameron Twynham was the first new driver to be announced after notching up a remarkable run of 7 podiums and 24 top ten finishes. Sean Walkinshaw, from Oxfordshire the home of Sunwise, was next after demonstrating inspiring performances across several competitions last season. Liam Venter was the final new driver, having taken several impressive podiums and a tremendous reputation for his over taking in 2012.
With talented new drivers and great final testing in Valencia, Sunwise are excited to support F3 Team West-Tec for another successful year!
Congratulations to Sunwise Professional Freestyle Windsurfer Dieter Van der Eyken on his 1st ever European Freestyle Pro Tour win. He gave a great solid performance at the international event to win the European Freestyle Pro Tour event the Six Four Les Plages.
Having beaten 35 other strong competitors from all over the world to win Dieter was “Super Stoked!”
Sunwise are excited to be sponsoring Shot Putter Scott Lincoln. Currently ranked UK number 1 in his age category Scott has used his strength and practiced technique to obtain titles such as Yorkshire Champion, Northern Indoor and Outdoor Champion, UK Indoor Champion and UK Outdoor Silver Medalist. In 2012 Scott has competed for both England home and abroad leading to his selection for the Great Britain U20 team.
Scott continues to train hard looking to achieve his Olympic Dream in Rio 2016.
Scott Lincoln: Shot Put GB U20, PB 17.91m 6kg, 15.75m 7.26kg
Scott’s chosen Sunwise are Empire Black with multi-layer lenses for stronger sun protection, wide coverage and great looks.
“I’m really impressed with the quality and also the ease of changing the lenses. They fit me really well.”-Scott’s Coach commented on ‘Equinox Indigo’
Sunwise are excited to sponsor Jurica Cvjetko who has been involved with triathlons for four years and has been a member of the Croatian Triathlon Federation since 2010. His favourite discipline depends on the race course but he loves the challenges of big climbs on his bike.
He not only enjoys the hard physical training, but relishes the mental strategies and planning that goes into making a race successful. Jurica takes part in triathlons around the world experiencing different environmental challenges and cultures.
Jurica’s love for triathlons has lead him to promote a healthy lifestyle through sporting activities with five key values: hard work, determination, passion, respect and integrity.
Jurica’s chosen Sunwise are Montreal Black for sports prescription and air flow technology.
“The Sunwise optics line for triathleteswere realized with aim of being light but strong, with a design that envelops the triathlete’s face. They combine the trendy fashion elements that we all love, with the protective elements that all triathletes need.”- Jurica Cvjetko
Born: 23th February 1984.
Coach: Nenad Golubić Taubi, Varazdin (together since October 2011)
Club: Triathlon club Zagreb
Most Recent results:
Ironman 70.3 (1.9km; 90km; 21.1km)
12.5.2012. 10th Austrian Half Iron Triathlon – Hubert-König-Memorial (Mureck, Austria) – 5h:41min
Olympic distance triathlon (1.5km; 40km; 10km)
18.8.2012. 14th Marjanski đir, Croatian championship (Split) – 2h:45min
8.7.2012. 4th Carfax Triathlon Velenje (Slovenia) – 2h:29min
Sprint distance triathlon (750m; 20km; 5km)
26.8.2012. 9th Supetarski triathlon (island Brač) – 1h:20min
3.06.2012 2nd Triathlon Varaždin – 1h:16min
Sunwise are delighted to sponsor England Deaf golf team winners of the first-ever Four Nations Cup at the Castleknock Golf and Country Club in Ireland. A great win and preparation for the World Deaf Golf Championships in Japan this October.
The World Championships is renowned as the premier international deaf golfing tournament held over 72 holes every two years and organised by the World Deaf Golf Federation (WDGF). The English Deaf Golf Team, made up of six golfers, took third place in the World championships in Australia 2008 and in Scotland 2010. Over the past few years the team has worked hard to enhance their ability to be successful in both individual and team events at world level and they’d love for this to continue aiming for 1st place and to be crowned the 2012 World Champions.
The English Deaf Golf team have chosen from the Sunwise Golf range all with half frame design so they can keep their eye on the ball at all times. www.sunwise.co.uk/golf
“Can’t wait to rock the Windrush shades at the 2012 World Deaf Golf Championships in October! Thanks for your support!” –Martin Anderson
Team members: Martin Anderson (Captain), Ben Stephens, Michael Roberts, Richard Le Page, Michael Burris, Jason Albutt
Murray Elliot sponsored by Sunwise is a member of the British Paralympics Archery team and was selected to represent GB in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Murray has been shooting for over 20 years and trains with the Balbardie Archers, having joined the Archery GB team in 2007. He is well known in the archery community both in the UK and Internationally being a long standing and respected member of the forums to which thousands of archers subscribe.
He loves the buzz and excitement of competing and describes his selection to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games as the pinnacle of his sporting career.
Murray’s chosen Sunwise are Waterloo GS Silver with anti-glare polarised photochromic lenses for superb visual comfort and great coverage when shooting.
“Taking part in such a massive sporting occasion has been my dream since before Beijing four years ago, and for me, the dream has come true.” Murray Elliot
Last weekend Sunwise sponsored Sandra Bowers retained her UK Ultra Trail Running Championship title by winning the prestigious Ridgeway Challenge – an 87 mile race across the famous Ridgeway route. It was made all the more challenging by the horrendous weather conditions.
Sandra’s chosen Sunwise are model Odyssey with high cut lenses for ventilation during her ultra endurance running.
“Thank you again for all your support and help, the sun may not have shone much during this race, but without the help of Sunwise I would not be able to achieve all that I do…”-Sandra Bowers
Sunwise are proud to sponsor Lewys Winfield Young Duathlete and a 23 year old medical student from Cardiff, Great Britain. In 2008 Lewys switched from playing rugby to athletics. Since switching to athletics Lewys has had many highlights including a 5k PB of 15:45 and finishing 2nd in the Llanelli half marathon in his first full season.
After injury Lewys made his tentative comeback in early 2011 and has managed to get back on track with a win in the Gower Sprint Duathlon, 2nd at the Dbmax Summer Duathlon and 3rd at the Llanelli 10k.
Lewys has recently been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Duathlon Championships in Nancy, France in September 2012 as part of the 20-24 age group team. One of Lewys’ targets is to finish in the 10 top.
Lewys chosen Sunwise are Shipwreck Orange for polarised protection and Equinox with medium cut lenses for coverage and slight air flow.
Lewys Winfield Young
Recent Sporting Achievements
2012 Performance Goals
Sunwise is excited to sponsor Tymal Mills a Professional Cricketer for Essex CCC and the England Lions cricket side.
Tymal is already being selected for the England Lions (the second highest team in English cricket) at the young age of 19. Being a regular member of the Essex side he is also playing many matches live on Sky sports.
Only starting to play cricket seriously at the age of 16, Tymal soon made great improvement and was selected for Suffolk Under 17’s where he was spotted by the Essex scouting system. He joined the Essex Academy squad and continued to make eye-catching progress leading to him being selected for the England Development programme at Under18/19 level.
Tymal has already toured with England Under 19’s and trained with Essex County first team squad for their pre-season tour to Barbados. He captured his maiden first class wicket on his first-class debut for Essex in their tour match against Sri Lanka before making three Championship appearances late in the season.
Tymal’s chosen Sunwise are Supergrass White for great coverage and Henley Black for lightweight polarised protection.
Squad number: 5
Date of birth: 12 August 1992
Right-hand bat/Left-arm fast bowler
Matt is an ultra-endurance runner with consistent top 5 finishes and is on the British Spartathlon team for 2012. Sunwise are pleased to be supporting Matt in his journey to reach his goals.
In 2010 Matt won the London to Brighton Ultra Marathon, a 57 mile cross country race which follows a route that goes over both the North and South Downs. In 2011 Matt ran the notorious Spartathlon, a 153 mile non-stop race in the middle of the Greek summer.
Another of Matt’s passions is mountaineering. Having conquered Kilimanjaro Matt’s next adventures will be to take on the Seven Summits, the highest points of the seven continents.
Matt’s chosen Sunwise are Waterloo GS Silver and Lancaster B VI.
“I can quite simply say that they are the best running glasses I have ever worn! They performed perfectly and I’d recommend them to everyone!”-Matt Mahoney
Simon competitively races in numerous of two man and singlehanded high performance dinghy classes. During his racing career he has won open meeting events across the country, and won races at National and World championships.
Simon is one of the top sailors at the leading sailing club in Kent, Whitstable Yacht Club, where he has won sailing series, as well as being the annual Club Champion.
Between 1990-1992, Simon was part of the British Olympic sailing squad in the ‘Tornado’ class catamaran.
Simon’s love and passion for sport drives him to apply himself fully in sailing, windsurfing, mountain biking and snowboarding. Simon train’s hard and is determined to push himself and his equipment to its limit to remain competitive at club level and across the country.
His chosen Sunwise are Waterloo GS Silver and Greenwich GS White.
“My choice of both Greenwich and Waterloo glasses with polarised GS lenses for racing has proved ideal in the more challenging conditions of reflected sunlight on the water.”- Simon Reynolds
Sunwise supported Gareth Warburton has been selected for Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics and will be competing in the Men’s 800m on 6th August.
Gareth’s chosen Sunwise Polafusion model Greenwich Black, protection from reflected sunlight for superb visual comfort and great looks.
Sunwise supported Jonathan (Jonnie) Peacock 19 this May, made shock waves by running 10.85 seconds (+0.7m/s) for the T43/44 100m at the US Paralympic Track & Field Trials,
His time of 10.85 was 0.06 second faster than the previous T44 record set in 2007 by Shirley and was also faster than the 10.91 mark set by T43 sprinter Pistorius five years ago.
Jonnie’s chosen Sunwise is Waterloo White for light changing conditions.
After an outstanding performance last weekend at Thruxton Circuit Josh Webster is now back in the title race for the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship. Starting both races in pole position Josh manage to maintain his form for a double podium finish and his second race win of the season.
Provisional 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings (after Rd7):
1st Scott Malvern, 182pts; 2nd Josh Webster, 161pts
Having used Sunwise sunglasses since last summer Ali absolutely loves them. As a Watersports coach it is very important for her to have great eye protection and her bright Shipwreck Orange cause a stir wherever she goes.
Ali is a freelance windsurf & sailing coach and director of a watersports centre in Congleton in Cheshire. She spends a week every month training instructors in Greece, has regular instructor courses in the UK both at the centre and Nationwide and is very involved with race training for the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) National Junior Sailing Pathway as part of the Skandia Team GBR and also the UK Windsurfing Association.
Ali has even won awards with her passion for watersports leading her to be presented with ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ (Congleton Borough Business Awards) and ‘Excellence in Entrepreneurial Spirit’ (Cheshire Rural Women’s Awards). Most importantly to Ali, she loves being involved with all aspects of sailing and windsurfing from grass roots, elite race coaching to instructor training.
Choosing Sunwise to promote British products along with British Sailing. Her choice of Sunwise with lots of colour going on: Shipwreck green, Crete pink, Boost Blue, Lancaster B VI
“It’s a good British product, love it” Ali Yates on Sunwise Sunglasses.
Claire Hallissey recently selected to Team GB for the 2012 Olympic marathon after setting a new personal best two hours, 27 minutes and 44 seconds to be the first Briton home in 11th at this year’s London Marathon.
The preparations for the Olympics will involve two trips to high altitude for intense training. Already owning a pair of Sunwise Sunglasses she had received from Sunwise Partners England Athletics Claire chose Sunwise as her runner partner.
Claire’s chosen Sunwise are Chromafusion Waterloo Purple and Interchangeable Equinox Pink.
At the age of 17 Ashley Wren represented Great Britain in 2011 having maintained his number 1 ranking for the UK. For the past 6 years Ashley has always been ranked within the top 5 of his age group this achievement has never been made by any other athlete.
Ashley has earned this with 7 national medals all gold or silver. He also has held the UK record for an indoor jump of 6.38 since he was an U15B.
Ashley chosen Sunwise is interchangeable Equinox Rm White to protect his eyes from wind, flying object and especially sand in all light conditions. Sunwise aims to help Ashley achieve his long term dream to qualify for the Rio Olympic final in 2016.
Name: Ashley Wren
Event: Long Jump
You can follow Ashley on his journey to achieve his dream
England Deaf Karting Team (EDKT) was founded in December 2004 by Carlo Hunter. In 2007 Carlo was EDKT’s first ever English driver to be awarded the Euro Nations Deaf Karting Championship Individual Men’s Cup. Carlo retired from his Chairman’s role after many Open race wins and handed over to a new fresh committee.
Carlo continues his passion with the new committee and is still a regular driver and Team Manager for EDKT. The team’s dreams came true when they won their first ever Euro Nations Deaf Karting Championship Team Cup in 2011 at Ellough Park Raceway, Beccles.
Sunwise are delighted to announce new sponsorship with England Deaf Karting Team. The young inspiring team have already had many great achievements in National and International competitions. We are very excited to have the opportunity to support the successful team and watch them grow and develop as a key sporting team.
Sam’s first competitive race of 2012 was held in Eilat, Israel. After qualifying in Bala last year Sam has been training hard in his Sunwise Waterloo GS White using them in the wet cold conditions of his hometown in Wales. However the racing conditions were very different with Sam competing in the windy desert, still using his Sunwise Waterloo GS White. Sam finished 3rd in the 35-39 year olds with an impressive time of 2:06:35.
After an impressive debut season in 2011 Sam Dejonghe returns to Sunwise supported Team West-Tec for the 2012 Formula 3 Open Championships.
Team West-Tec a British Team and the overall champions of last season are very pleased with Sam returns.
At a recent 2 day test in Nurburging Sam was immediately back on pace and already showing improvement.
This season Sam is expected to challenge for the title this year and will carry the number one on his Dallara F312.
Having successfully raced karts in Spain Haydn Board is entering his first full year in competitive motorsport. Glenn the 1996 BBC Top Gear Renault Clio Champion is Haydn’s Father and is guiding and educating him. With expert tuition and instruction Glenn has even developed a 2 year plan to enhance Haydn’s skills to progress from novice to winning championships as soon as 2013.
Haydn recently stunned everybody at a Ford Fiesta ST testing session by getting within point 8 of a second of the 2010 champion.
Haydn aims to drive in the Clio Cup and his dream is to become a British Touring car driver, this however is costly and he is still raising funds. He will be in the Volkswagen Racing Cup this year to build more experience and satisfy the craving for his passion.
Sunwise looks forward to supporting Haydn in his first competitive year. His chosen Sunwise are high performance Empire Black and the stylish Lancaster GR3.
Name: Haydn Board
National B Racing License Holder
Local Circuit: Brands Hatch
Steven ‘Steve-o’ Hackey is a full time Professional Watersports Instructor and Trainer. He spends UK Summer months in Greece where he meets and trains hundreds of Windsurfing holiday makers evening offering advance clinics. When Steve-o is not instructing Windsurf holiday makers and improving his own Windsurf freestyle moves he is teaching and guiding the next generation of sailing and windsurf instructors passing on his knowledge, passion and skills.
He is renowned in the windsurf industry and many windsurfers look to Steve-o as a role model. Since 2009 Steve-o has continued to be a fantastic Ambassador for Sunwise promoting the brand to all other instructors and his students worldwide. Even introducing up and coming professional windsurfer Dieter Van der Eyken to the Sunwise Team.
Due to the nature of watersports and also his fun exciting personality Steve-o always wears Sunwise from the Lifestyle range. The Sunwise polarised lenses protect his eyes from reflected surface light off the water and the ‘sick designs’ keep his stylish appeal.
Dieter from Belgium began Windsurfing at the age of 7 for fun and since then it has become his passion. He began competing in 2005 in Youth categories where he came second and was named Vice World Champion Freestyle. He continued to compete and stormed into the PWA competition scene in 2010. 2011 was a great year for Dieter finishing 8th in the year and in each event of the freestyle series he was in the top ten. He manages to train, travelling abroad searching for new Windsurf hot spots whilst also studying for exams. To prepare for events Dieter will check conditions and decide the moves and techniques that will score highest for him. He also keeps his body in shape for events by training.
Dieter contacted Sunwise looking for stylish performance sunglasses for on the waves and for on the beach. He has become a great ambassador for Sunwise taking them with him to all events and competitions worldwide and having the Sunwise logo proudly on his sail. For windsurfing Dieter has chosen Shipwreck models and for on the beach he has chosen Aviators models Lancaster.
Dieter’s goals for 2012 are a top 5 finish in the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) and to have as much fun as possible and visit new places!
Name: Dieter Van der Eyken
Born: 1 April 1992
Windsurfing since : 1999
2011: 5th PWA Vietnam
9th PWA Podersdorf
6th PWA Bonaire
7th PWA Aruba
7th PWA Lanzarote
9th PWA Fuerteventura
2010: 2nd EFPT – La Franqui
9th PWA Podersdorf & best newcomer of the event
12th Overall PWA Freestyle 2010
7th Overall EFPT 2010
2009:1st World Champion Freestyle U20 Starboard ProKids
3th EFPT – Naxos
2008:1st European Champion Freestyle Starboard Prokids 14-16 old
2007: Vice World Champion Freestyle 14-15 old
1st BK Freestyle Kids
1st BK Freestyle Youth
2nd BK Freestyle Men
2006: 6dth World Championships Freestyle 14-15 old
2005: 2nd BK Freestyle Youth
Mimi began running in 1999 when she was 36, originally because someone told her how running was the quickest way to add shape to her legs! After onths of training, better times and increasing distance Mimi entered her first Ultra Race in 2001, The Marathon des Sables running as a team of 3 women called Tuff Muthers.
The race was horrific and resulted in a visit to hospital BUT Mimi had still finished her first ever Ultra Race, which was listed as “The toughest footrace on earth” This gave her the strength and belief she could achieve anything.
Constantly challenging herself she loves to see how far she can push her body and mind. Mimi has ran in some of the hottest, coldest, windiest and driest places on earth and if there isn’t a different event organized then Mimi will set her own challenges to push herself further.
With all the different climate and environments Mimi challenges herself in she needs a robust and durable pair of Sunwise often using her Sunwise Supercharge to race in.
“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible”
Mimi Anderson – Ultra Runner
Spartathlon October 2011- 1st Brit and 3rd Female-32hrs 33 mins 23 secs.
Glenmore 24 hour Trail Race September 2011-3rd Overall and 1st female
Double Badwater July 2011- 25th overall and 4th female -34hrs 25 mins -1st British Female to complete the Double.
Ronda 101km Spain May 2011-3rd Female 2nd Female Vet- 11hrs 31mins
Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra February 2011-11th overall and 1st lady – 9hrs 7 mins
World Record Attempt October 2010
Furthest Distance covered on a Treadmill in 7 days by a female. Held at the Ashford Designer Outlet
The Record was broken covering a distance of 403.81 miles. The World Record has now been verified by the Guinness World Records.
“Mimi continues to be inspirational. For anyone who doesn’t know Mimi let me try to briefly describe this barking mad woman. She is as slight as any person I can imagine, she loves pink, she is absolutely driven and she has been the topic of conversation amongst everyone involved in the race. She is living proof that in extreme ultra distance racing women can be mens’ equal and in this case can quite possibly kick ass too.”
Quote from Race Director of the 6633 Extreme Ultra Marathon
Team West-Tec has been winning in British and European motorsport for 24 years achieving 28 championship titles. The Team Founder is Gavin Wills the multiple Formula Ford Champion has overseen his team win in Formula Ford, Formula Renault, the Ferrari Challenge, ASCAR / Days of Thunder and F3.
In 2001 Team West-Tec began another chapter in its history, after relocating, it became the most successful team in ASCAR, now known as the SCSA (stock Car Speed Association) racing around the fearsome Rockingham Oval.
John Miller joined the team after relocation and now operates the team jointly as Co-Team Principals, with Gavin concentrating on technical considerations and John on commercial matters. Since relocating to Corby, Team West-Tec has continued to expand and improve facilities to develop the team and drivers further.
Team West-Tec is delighted to have Sunwise as it’s exclusive sunglasses partner. Sunwise Supergrass model being a favourite amongst team members over the last few years!
As the reigning European F3 Open Champions they dominated testing in December 2011 and are working towards retaining this year!
Fabio Gamberini – Race driver CHAMPION and RACEWINNER
Victor Correa – Race driver RACEWINNER
Fahmi Ilyas – Race driver RACEWINNER
Sam Dejonghe – Race driver CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP and RACEWINNER Luca Orlandi – Race driver RACEWINNER
Kotaro Sakurai – Race driver PODIUM FINISHER
Tatiana Calderon – Race driver
Benjamin Breny – Test driver
Mitch Evans – Test driver
Garry Findlay – Test driver
Ben Harvey – Test driver
Gabby Chaves – Test driver
Emil Bernstorff – Test driver
Victor Jiminez – Test driver
Zhou Zibo – Test driver
Jordan Oon – Test driver
Conor Daly – Test driver
Jonathan Kennard – Test driver
After a successful 2011 with over 25 impressive wins across the country Sunwise are pleased to continue sponsorship of the South West’s No 1 team Primal Europe Cycling.
Sunwise Montreal Black is their chosen team sunglasses for competitions and hard training days. With air flow technology they are great for all high speed training activities and the optional RX insert for prescription use means the whole team wear the same kit with Sunwise logo.
For this year’s launch the team started with a very brisk ride across the South Hams. After this they gathered along with an audience where both young and old cyclist were able to ask for tips and advice from the popular team.
Primal Europe Team are now looking to the new season and have just been nominated for a Devon Sports Award 2012.
Riders for 2012:
James Williams (Elite) – Team Manager, Winner Green jersey at Tor2000 circuit series
James Smith (Elite) – Winner Kalas Two Day stage race,
Martin Smith (Elite) – National Vets Champion 2011,
Adam Bright (Elite) Winner Totnes Circuit race,
Wayne Coombs – 1st Cat,
Robert Willcocks – 1st Cat,
Phil Borrett – 1st Cat,
Tom Stockdale – 1st Cat,
Peter Haworth – 2nd Cat,
Richard Oram – 2nd Cat,
Staff and Management for 2012:
Judith Smith – Team Soigneur, Alex King – Team Soigneur, Darren Stephens – Team Physio
Sunwise is proud to partner England Athletics for the 2012 London Olympics and beyond. As the offical eyewear to all of the England Athletics teams and their staff since 2009, Sunwise aims to enhance athletic performance at all levels and working together to support the growth of the next generation of athletic champions.
Athletics provides the ultimate challenge to athlete’s competitive abilities. The range of disciplines across the track, field, road and off-road provides an incredible diversity of events for different people with different skills and abilities.
Alongside the athletes is an army of volunteers and staff who provide coaching, officiating and a range of support services. All are working hard to develop and promote Athletics across the whole of the United Kingdom.
England Athletics and UKA were named National Governing Body of the Year in recognition of the ‘comprehensive, researched, innovative and joined-up approach to the development of a cohesive, well functioning coaching system.’
England Athletics is the National Governing Body for the sport, developing and promoting Athletics across the whole of the country.
UKA is the National governing body for athletics, UK Athletics oversees the development and management of the nation’s favourite Olympic and Paralympics sport, from grassroots right through to podium.
Sandra Bowers began to represent Scotland in 2007 and made her debut for Great Britain in 2009. This year on February 4th Sandra competed in Ultra Running event the Thames Trot. A 50mile run from Oxford, the home of Sunwise, to Henley on Thames. Sandra normally stands out in races and attracts crowds due to her training running partners her Huskies. To train for the extreme challenges she puts her body and mind through Sandra runs at 5am each morning with her pack of Huskies.
This grueling challenge was no different for Sandra changing Huskies throughout the race along the ever changing scenery of the river Thames. The banks and towpaths of England’s largest river as well as footpaths and bridleways create an Ultra distance course that will always keep the runners challenge to the extreme.
After cold conditions and a few bright spells, where Sandra used her Sunwise Odyssey Black, Sandra’s hard work and training came together for her to finish first lady!
Having been selected for the honor of carrying the Olympic Flame on the 12th July 2012 Sandra’s next challenge will be preparing Husky Kobi for this huge task.
Sunwise’s motorcycle Team AfterDark are a professional motorcycle race team, with a winning mentality. TeamAfterDark is an “up and coming” road racing team that epitomises grit and determination! Highly competitive racing throughout the season with events across the UK and Europe in one of the leading motorcycling championships in Europe.
The lead rider is James White. In 2007, James started show his real natural skill by winning the LCRRC Conti Cup Championship with 8 starts and 8 podium finishes. In the same year, James also gained the SEMRC Conti Cup South as Championship winner with 6 races and 6 podium finishes.
2012 James and Team AfterDark will be competing in the Ducati 848 Championship, it is an international championship with rounds in the UK, Holland and Italy. They have chosen Sunwise as their team sunglasses and are looking forward to working together this season.
James White AfterDark Team Racing
Date of Birth : 29/12/1993
Sunwise’s racing driver Josh Webster is thrilled to have been selected as one of the MSA’s (Motor Sports Association) Team UK for 2012 – an elite group of seven circuit racers who will be mentored by National Race Coach, Le Mans 24 Hours winner and former Formula One driver David Brabham.
Revealed at the Autosport International Show the 2012 Team UK line-up features the most talented young circuit racers and rally drivers Britain has to offer. Josh is the youngest of the group showing recognition of the excellent progress he’s made.
Stepping up to the massively competitive Protyre Formula Renault 2.0 UK category during the six-round ‘Finals Series’ in November, Josh more than made his mark on his way to a tremendous third overall in the championship – beating an experienced field of 30 other drivers, including top entries from across Europe.
Sunwise Ambassador Charlene Thomas is a GB International 1500M runner. Charlene was unbeaten in her 2009 season in national and international competitions. In 2010 Charlene did not compete but quit her part-time job to take up running full time.
Not long after Charlene’s return to competitions in 2011 she was crowned European Team Championships Champion in the 1500M, only the fourth British female to win this others are Kelly Holmes, Kirsty Wade and Helen Clitheroe. The 2011 season’s aim was to perform well in preparation for this year’s Olympic Games.
Charlene often competes and trains in Sunwise sunglasses. Wearing them really helps her to stay relaxed and focused. Charlene has enjoyed wearing the interchangeable shades ‘Windrush’ whilst training at altitude in Kenya as part of the UKA endurance/London Marathon Camp in November and on a second camp in January. She is now the proud owner of the ‘Waterloo GS Azure’ which protects her eyes whilst training and competing
in light changing environments.
Strong 8 rider team for 2011 racing in all of the UK’s top races including Tour Series:
Victoria Park Series
This May saw the return of cycle racing to the Royal Victoria Park in Bath. Racing took place on each Wednesday evening in May at 6.45pm as a four part series. Each race was on the inner perimeter road of the park, sweeping around the entrance monument on each lap. The races were action packed into 20-30 minutes per race. Riders needed to be able to handle their bikes at 25mph+, in a bunch, on tight bends while being unable to breathe. Team Wilier took part along with professional cycling teams. Sunwise Equinox RM White was chosen as their Team glasses with additional Blue Multi-Mirror lens to conform with their team colours.
The Team now has riders in the top 20 of the Elite National Rankings with Blake Pond the highest rider in 8th
Tim started his career with a creditable 11th place in his first competition at Europa Cup level in 2007. With a hard training schedule he has progressed and achieved an 11th and a 12th place in Nor Am events in February 2011.
After two hard and successful summers training on the water ramp at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, USA Tim has been able to develop his skills further achieving his first triple somersaults with twists and also refining his twisting doubles ready to take to snow training and competition this winter. He recently competed in The Festival of Flight 2011 competition where came an impressive 8thin the final.
Dedicated Tim continues training throughout the summer on dry land. Dry land training includes diving from 3m and 5m boards and some 10m platform as well as trampoline and gymnastics. Training is going well and he can never wait to get back on the snow. His goal is to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Tim has selected Sunwise Interchangeable’s Twister and Odyssey due to the nature of his sport he needs durable interchangeable’s to protect his eyes in all light conditions.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has announced that Sunwise supported Josh Webster has won the 2011 RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year Award !
Awarded each year to a student enrolled on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) in Motor Sport programme, which forms part of the MSA Academy. There were five students short-listed for this year’s award including Josh.
The short-listed students drove against each other in state-of-the-art linked-up race simulators at Pure Tech Racing (PTR) in Surrey. Josh then had to deliver a short presentation to the judges on what they have learned on the AASE programme.
Webster said: “I’m absolutely delighted to win this award and I hope to repay the faith that has been shown in me by being a good ambassador for AASE and the Academy and using my experiences to encourage other young drivers to make the most of the great opportunities offered by the MSA.”
His team has been supported by Sunwise since 2010. Josh looks forward to the Certina Formula Renault 2.0 UK Series for 2012.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body for four-wheeled motor sport in the UK, responsible for the regulation and administration of the sport.
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a government-funded,performance enhancing course that aims to develop students into elite athletes.
Proud to be sponsoring Katie Potter from Cotic AQR Holidays Race Team.
Australian 33 year old Kate Potter is known on the mountain biking scene as an ‘adopted Brit’. She has cycled in cross-country, marathon and 24 hour endurance solo and team races all at elite level.
Kate started her career racing mountain bikes as a 24hr solo racer back in 2004 and is now part of the ‘elite’ team for Cotic AQR Holidays Race Team with 9 other riders, competing in 24hr solo endurance racing, such as the National UK 24hr solo championships and the World 24hr solo Championships.
Endurance racing is known as the ultimate bike challenge. Kate has always excelled in this and also often challenging male competitors. 24hr endurance racing attracts by far the most riders and crowd than any other racing. However for a 24hr racer it can take up to 6 weeks to recover from a solo effort. Kate and her team have chosen Sunwise Interchangeable’s models to compete in. The durable frames and inclusive lenses for all light conditions are great for the endurance races.
Competing in every off road cycling discipline over the years to achieve her goal of becoming a coach. She is now also coaching a lot of people and has built up the experience and knowledge required to be coaching riders of all levels which is a passion of hers.
Proud to sponsor Simon ‘Marathon Man’ Buckden
Challenging his body to the extreme and demonstrating that all it takes to succeed is exceptional mental strength and determination. Simon is running, wearing his selected Sunwise sunglasses, 100 Marathons in 100 consecutive weeks to raise money for ‘Help the Heroes’ supporting past and present soldiers.
Each Marathon will test the physical and mental strength to prepare and recover from a Marathon every week. The Marathons will be official events such as the London Marathon, on Treadmills in Fitness First Gyms and on measured courses within Parks in the UK.
Simon is currently the only person attempting this grueling challenge in the UK.
Sam is a competitive triathlete who has qualified to race for the Great Britain team in the 2012 age group European Triathlon Championships in Israel. In races in South Wales he has been finishing strongly in the top 3, and was 1st in his age group race at the huge, famous Toshiba Windsor Triathlon in 2011.
Sunwise is supporting Sam to achieve his goals for international triathlon success.
Team Derry-Londonderry wearing Sunwise Shipwreck Pink are competing in the Clipper Round-The-World Yacht Race 11-12. There are 8 legs around the world and 10 teams taking part this year.
Taking part in this grueling challenge of a lifetime with experienced skipper Mark Light, Teams are selected from the more than 360 adventurers travelling from as far afield as Singapore, Queensland in Australia, Finland, New York and Chile, as well as Derry-Londonderry.
40% of the crew who take part in the race has never sailed before embarking on their pre-race training. This challenge is for everyday people looking for adventure.
Race started 31st July 11 from Southampton. Sunwise supported Team Derry-Londonderry are currently on the 3rd leg.
Total Crew: 46
Average Age: 42
Nationalities Represented: 12
Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title contender Josh Webster took his second podium of the 2011 season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend, 14th/15th May, to move into fifth place in the driver standings – just 17 points shy of the series lead. Stowmarket-based Josh, a member of the MSA Academy, was unfortunate to miss out on the pivotal pole position for round three by the tiniest of margins – a mere 0.005 seconds – and that proved to be the determining factor in the first of the weekend’s races.
Not quite able to usurp pole-sitter, and Fortec Motorsport team-mate, Kieran Vernon into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, the 17-year-old Suffolk racer had to tuck-in and settle for a nonetheless welcome second place with hardly anything to choose between the pair in terms of pace. Little more than a second separated the two front-runners throughout the 19 lap encounter but with overtaking in a Formula Renault car nigh-on impossible at the 1.2-mile Kent track, Josh had to shadow Vernon to the flag – posting second fastest lap in the process with a time of 45.658 seconds. Qualifying for round four was a more troublesome affair for Josh as he lost vital track time due to an issue with floor on his FR 2.0 coming loose and requiring an urgent pit-stop mid-session. Missing the optimum time to be on track due to the enforced pit visit, and with it the chance to challenge for pole position, he brilliantly salvaged the sixth fastest lap – only 0.184 seconds shy of the top spot. Moving into fifth off the start, the Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer supported racer slipped to sixth on lap two but got back into fifth on lap 11 when Vernon crashed out from fourth at Graham Hill Bend.
Missing out on the fastest race lap by just eight 100ths of a second, Josh displayed tremendous pace once again and as part of a very close finish on lap 20 he missed out on the podium places by only 0.6 seconds.
“It was all about qualifying this weekend, as it always is at Brands Indy”, said Josh, “The first session was really close and we only just missed taking pole position. In the race I got away well and had a good run into Paddock but Kieran had the door closed and that was it, we had to settle for second.
“In race two, my tyres seemed to take ages to come on so that made things pretty difficult early on but fifth in the end gives us more good points for the championship which is what we need. It’s a real shame we had the problem with the floor of the car coming unbolted in second qualifying as we could easily have been on the podium again if we’d been on the first two rows.”