Simon Van Velthooven
Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship Track Cycling medallist, and key sailing team member for Emirates Team New Zealand winners of the 35th America’s Cup.
Known for his explosive speed, and long sprint, the 28 year old from Manawatu was recruited by Emirates Team New Zealand to provide the power that allowed the Catamaran to be so competitve in Bermuda and ultimately bring the cup home to Auckland.
Prior to his sailing career as a ‘Cyclor’, Simon achieved numerous cycling accolades representing New Zealand.
In 2012 Simon made his Olympic debut in London, securing a Bronze medal in the highly contested and physically demanding Sprint event– the Men’s Keirin. The 99th Olympic medal and only the second individual male to medal at the 2012 London Olympics; claiming New Zealand's first Sprint Cycling Olympic medal.
Simon attributes his motivation and strong work ethic to his upbringing in rural Manawatu.
Outside of his sporting career, Simon is completing a Bachelor of AgriCommerce degree, majoring in Rural Property Valuation.