Orca, the wetsuit and apparel company that started in New Zealand in 1992 has added some big names to its triathlon roster – Sarah True, Justus Nieschlag, Jodie Stimpson and Bart Aernouts are joining Sebastian Kienle, Maurice Clavel, Chelsea Sodaro and Emma Pallant on its ambassador roster.
“As usual for the brand, these athletes have already begun to collaborate internally with the Orca team to offer the best products as well as participate in various projects related to sustainability and equality in sports,” the company says.
True is a two-time US Olympian who moved to full-distance racing a few years ago and took fourth at the Ironman World Championship in 2018. Nieschlag is hoping to represent Germany at the 2021 and 2024 Olympics. Stimpson took the gold medal while representing Great Britain at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Aernouts follows a long line of Belgian long-distance champions and is a former Challenge Roth champion and finished second in Kona in 2018.
Founded in the early 1990s by New Zealand age group champion Scott Unsworth, by 2004 the company had signed on with the New Zealand Olympic team as the official apparel supplier. In 2008 the company signed a worldwide distribution deal with Spanish cycling company Orbea.
Over the years Orca has sponsored a number of Olympic and world champions including 2004 Olympic gold medalist Hamish Carter, three-time Kona champ Craig Alexander and world champion Tim Don.