Arena, one of the world’s leading brands in aquatic sports, is pleased to announce it has signed a new sponsorship agreement with Polish butterfly and freestyle swimmer Konrad Czerniak, while also renewing its support deal with countryman and backstroke specialist, Radosław Kawęcki.
The 22-year-old Kawęcki originally joined the arena Elite Team in 2012, and his first act in three diamond equipment was to win his maiden European 200m backstroke title in Debrecen, before narrowly missing out on a podium position at the London Olympics. He ended off an impressive year with back-to-back gold medals at the European SC Championships in Chartres and the World SC Championships in Istanbul. 2013 was also successful for Kawęcki as he picked up his first World Championship medal in Barcelona (200m backstroke silver) and retained his European SC 200m backstroke title in Herning, Denmark, marking him as a serious gold medal contender in the backstroke events at the world’s leading competitions. “I am really pleased to be continuing my relationship with arena,” said Kawęcki. “The past two years have been really good for me, and I attribute much of that success to arena’s support and their world class swimsuits. I am really looking forward to competing in the new generation carbon suits, and to doing the best I can to bring credit to the brand.”
The 24-year-old Czerniak from Puławy, east Poland, won his first international medal at the 2007 European Junior Championships in Antwerp, where he snagged the 50m butterfly title. Since then, he’s had several podium finishes at the major European events, with a 100m butterfly bronze at the 2010 European LC Championships in Budapest, and two golds (50m freestyle, 100m butterfly) and a bronze (50m butterfly) at the 2011 European SC Championships in Szczecin, Poland. At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, he broke the national record in finishing second in the 100m butterfly, and then finished third in the same event two years later in Barcelona, just one-hundredth of a second behind the silver medal. In between, he also made the final of his signature event at the London Olympics. He currently holds the Polish national records in 50m and 100m freestyle and butterfly for both long and short course. “This is a real honour for me to be chosen by arena for their Elite Team,” said Czerniak. “I have always admired the technology and swimsuits of arena, and my teammate Radosław’s experience with the company over the past two years has confirmed that they are the best in the sport. The coming season will be a great opportunity for me to try out the new Carbon Flex, and I hope I can be a good ambassador for the company outside of the pool as well.”
Olympic and World Champion Yannick Agnel signs with arena Yannick Agnel opts to go farther and faster with arena.
Arena, one of the world’s leading brands in aquatic sports, is proud to announce it has signed a new sponsorship agreement with the current Olympic and World 200m freestyle champion, Yannick Agnel. According to the deal, the collaboration will extend through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Known as “squale” (shark) in his home country, Agnel left France in 2013 for Baltimore and new coach Bob Bowman, to continue pursuing the success he has earned from a sport he regards as a pleasure, and to prepare for the 2016 Olympics. His latest decision to join the arena Elite Team steps up his focus on Rio, and reflects a choice based on both team and technology.
For its part, arena is honoured to welcome the “shark” to its team: “Yannick Agnel embodies the values we hold dear at arena,” said Nicolas Préault, General manager Arena France. “He is an unbelievable swimmer, and a fulfilled and perfectly balanced individual. His choice to pursue his studies and his thirst for personal enrichment show his maturity and intelligence. Here at arena, we share his pleasure in performing in the water, his quest for excellence and the ultimate performance, his competitive spirit and determination to win. With this agreement, Yannick also adds yet another bridge between France and the USA, supporting the partnerships that we signed with USA Swimming in 2013 and FINA this past January. His move to Baltimore to work with Bob Bowman is an asset for arena’s credibility and visibility across the Atlantic. Like the other members of the arena Elite Team, Yannick will also be integral to the research and communication related to the technological products designed for swimming, his true playing field.”
This beautiful backstage video was taken from the arena SS14 beach and swimwear shooting, recently held in Tenerife. Features footage of World 50m freestyle medallists, Francesca Halsall and Luca Dotto.