• Abby Carchio - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! From a very young age I was always playing some sort of sport. Alongside football I played baseball, basketball and Tae Kwon Do. I think I fell in love with competition and sports was a healthy way to channel that competitive drive. 

    How did you first get into football?

    When I was young, my parents kind of threw me into a bunch of recreational sports and from the moment I stepped on the pitch I knew football was the sport for me. My siblings also played football so our family was always around the game. 

    If you're interested in starting your own fitness journey, Sundried's Activewear is suitable for people of all abilities. 

    What has been your favourite competition to date and why?

    I have quite a few games that I thoroughly enjoyed, but my all time favourite game would have to be the one that won my university team the championship. We were playing against our biggest conference rival and it was senior night. We had a huge crowd and we were playing under the lights, so the atmosphere was great. I was a senior captain at the time and was feeling the pressure as the clock was ticking down. We ended up getting a Penalty Kick called in our favour with thirty seconds left to play in overtime and I was the one who had to step up to the spot. Luckily, I put it past the keeper and we ended up winning the title. I think that game was just an amazing way to end my collegiate career and one I will never forget.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    I think the achievement I am most proud of is when my university team won our conference championship. Our program had not won a title in 25 years and the whole team poured everything into that season. To see our squad achieve that goal knowing every single member of the team contributed is something that I am really proud of.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have had a few setbacks throughout my career as most of us do. Injury is probably the biggest hurdle I have had to deal with and it really does take a mental toll. In order to overcome injury type setbacks I looked to my close family and friends for support. We also hear this all the time, but it really is important to try and extract some sort of lesson from our setbacks. I try to live by this quote from Tobin Heath that says, “Setbacks are just setups for comebacks.” I think by focusing on my return to play, I was able to push through those injuries and come back stronger. 

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    I think one piece of advice that I wish I had received earlier on in my career has to do with this idea of never ending ascension to greatness. I was always caught up with the idea of winning this award and that award and believed that one day I would finally achieve the optimal award and that would be it. Where, in reality, we can always do better, always achieve more. So my football journey is not so much about achieving materialistic trophies, it is about constantly improving every single day. I guess this can be summed up into- it is not purely about the destination, but truly about the journey.

    What are your goals?

    My short term goal is to just become the best footballer that I can possibly be. My long term goals have a lot to do with improving the women’s game in general. There is a lot of work to be done in terms of ensuring visibility, equality, and equity within the game and my goal is to rectify this inequality. 

    Who inspires you?

    My family and trainer from home are the people that inspire me to pursue greatness. I try to make them proud everyday. My football inspiration would have to be Tobin Heath. Her play inspires me to be an entertaining footballer.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I am thrilled to work with Sundried because it is an organization that blends two things I am genuinely passionate about- sport and sustainability. My company, Trainsolo Soccer, was looking for a clothing supplier that ethically produced quality sports apparel and Sundried did just that!

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • André Madureira - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I've been in sport for over 20 years, I started Mountain Biking in 1998.

    How did you first get into cycling?

    My father was always connected to sports, more specifically to athletics running. one day as a child, he took me to a local Mountain Bike race, from that moment on I was connected to the world of cycling.

    If you are interested in getting into cycling, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available.

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    In 2017, I had the opportunity to participate and represent my country in the World Championship (Granfondo World Series) in Albi, France. It was undoubtedly an interesting experience.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Having some victories in some minor races, I consider my greatest achievement, the luck and opportunity I have to do what I love so much.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    I've had some disasters, some hospital visits, but luckily never anything too serious.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    With as much calm as possible, positive thinking, concentration and willpower to overcome them.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    That someone had told me forever to believe in my abilities, even when everyone else might doubt them.

    What are your goals?

    My big goal is to be national cycling champion in my age group.

    Who inspires you?

    My family, my father's experience as an ex athlete.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Because I trust that they have the same values that I am guided by, their quality of clothing and accessories.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Mathias Roche - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I've always been a sporty child and loved the satisfaction of being finished with a hard training session. During my years of travelling I practised plenty of different sports such as swimming, badminton, basketball, running and now triathlon.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    Even though I did my first triathlon when I was approximately 10 years old, which was organized by the school, it never stuck to me because I wasn't a good runner and I preferred swimming back then. But then one year later I had a knee accident and therefore I had to stay in a wheelchair for three months which was quite hard as someone who is quite active. And therefore I'm extremely proud and happy that I can run again so I cherish every second of it. But I actually started running seriously due to this pandemic in order to just expend some energy and then discovered a passion for it , which made me set some goals such as a sub 1h45 half marathon and to one day beat my dad PR which is 1h20. But one day, while I was watching YouTube, I fell across a Lionel Sanders video about training for a Ironman 70.3, and since then I've been training for this.

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    Currently I haven't had the chance to participate at any races due to Covid-19 but I'm considering participating at the sprint distance Challenge Lisboa.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    To this date my proudest achievement would be the sub 1h35 half marathon which I completed on a sort of hilly course.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I've sometimes pushed myself too far and had to suffer several setbacks due to my knee injuries. But in this I just take a break from sports and spend more time with family and friends in order to recover as much as possible, and when you start practising again, you should resume as if you just started out and forget about your previous paces, power outputs or time.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Don't increase your volume suddenly, being good at endurance sport is something which you'll get better at over time.

    What are your goals?

    As I mentioned before, one of my goals would be to finish a sub 5 hour 15 Ironman 70.3, and maybe one day go to the world championships.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Working with Sundried is a huge opportunity for athletes to acknowledge the environmental issues and help them get as comfortable as possible while training and still providing 100% recycled materials which makes them not only eco-responsible but cool.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Sophie Hudson - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    I have! Growing up I enjoyed lots of different sports and tried everything out. I swam competitively from a young age until 15. I have also played rugby to county level from 13-16. From 16 to present I have been rowing competitively until I had a back injury which took 11 months to recover from. After my back injury recovered I decided to challenge myself in sports that I considered “not my thing” or “my weakness” which was mainly running. So I decided to run a half marathon. I completed that and loved running so much and missed cycling so I decided to complete a dualthon (10k fun, 40km cycle, 5k run) for fun and because I physically could. Most recently I have taken part in cycling the North Coast 500 in Scotland with my best friend (Georgina Noel, also a Sundried ambassador). It was a new type of challenge that I loved. It was so, incredibly tough, but so rewarding and my first taste of ultra-endurance - something I want to do more of.

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    I haven’t completed one yet but would love to!

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race was a rowing race in July 2019 (pre back injury). It was my first win the the WJ18x and I was lucky enough to have my mum watch (usually busy travelling for work). It meant a lot because of all the dedication I had put in to train and all the extra support from my coach, and then to come out with a win with my mum there was the cherry on top.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    A tie between cycling the North Coast 500 which was challenging in every way possible and challenging myself enough to run a half marathon after my back injury which proved I can do anything I set my mind to. The recovery process was slow and painful. I told myself that when I could move properly I wanted to do everything I could before.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Not that I can think of.

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I have kind of answered this in a previous question in April 2020 I was hit in my lower back and had a trapped nerve for four weeks and then another three weeks. I wasn’t able to move properly, I was either standing up or lying down for the first four months. The pain was incredibly high and could barely get sit down for long periods of time. The recovery process took 11 months, the first 5 being horrible especially when combined with trying to sit my A-levels. My rowing at the time had to stop and I lost the chance to compete at trials and race for the rest of the year. This impacted university applications for sport. A very tough time physically and mentally. I learnt a lot about myself through the rehabilitation time and have fortunately been able to start rowing again and can not wait to race.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    To not focus on results as much as the daily process of getting better. It’s very easy to focus on the results because they show you how good you are from the get go. However the process of building systems and habits that make you better, I think, is more valuable because of the compounding effect it will have in the future. Results are tangible and not always reliable, for example, some days it might not be your day and you get a bad result. Oppositely, if you put your effort into building habits trying to do something better everyday then it is a more consistent and accurate way of judging progress consistently.

    What are your goals?

    To be the best at whatever I choose to do. To set myself outrageously big goals that I have to step far out of my comfort zone in order to achieve.

    Who inspires you?

    My godmother, Pauline Sanderson. She cycled from the last point to Mount top of Mount Everest and was the first British couple to do so. Since then she is always doing crazy, adventurous things that just proves that you can if you want to.

    Why work with Sundried?

    I really like their environmental vision and making clothing sustainable which is really good for the environment, this is important for me and for future generations. I also really like that they make good quality clothing for a reasonable price which allows sport to be accessible to more people. My friend is an ambassador and she has said amazing things about the community, this is something I really want to be a part of.

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
  • Francesca Smith - Athlete Ambassador

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    Have you always been into sport?

    Yes! I’ve always been an avid sportsperson. I spent most of my childhood surrounded by horses, participating in tetrathlons and eventing but was never far away from a swimming pool, hockey pitch, netball or tennis court either. I captained the 1st team netball and equestrian teams at school and was part of the Exeter University High Performance Netball squad where I captained the 2nd team. I’m one of four sisters who are all incredibly active so our house has always been sports mad!

    How did you first get into triathlon?

    In 2018, I set myself a New Years resolution to complete a triathlon and did my first one at Blenheim Palace. I absolutely loved it and managed a respectable time so thought I’d try out for the GB Age Group teams. It’s really snowballed since then and while the GB Age-Group events have been my focus over the past couple of years, I have big ambitions to go on and do so much more!

    If you are interested in getting into Triathlon, Sundried's kit is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned athletes. We have both men's and women's options available. 

    What has been your favourite race to date and why?

    My favourite race would have to be my most recent, the Eastbourne Standard Triathlon. I managed to win my age-group and was placed 4th female overall but most importantly, I absolutely loved every minute of it. It was a tough course with a hilly bike route but I felt strong and was thrilled with my final result.

    What is your proudest achievement?

    Winning my age-group at Eastbourne where I also managed to qualify for next year’s European championships. It was a first age-group win for me and everything just came together on the day – the elation I felt afterwards made all those long hours of training so worth it.

    Have you ever had any racing disasters?

    Fortunately no “disasters” as such but I did manage to fall off my bike coming into T2 at Eton Dorney earlier this year – I made a quick, scrambling recovery so it probably didn’t cost me too much time but it definitely wasn’t part of the plan!

    How do you overcome setbacks?

    I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that there is no success without failure. It’s all about the way you frame “setbacks” in your own mind. If you approach them as opportunities for learning and development, then you’ll ultimately emerge stronger.

    What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

    Trust the process and enjoy it. Prior to one of my races this year, my sister gave me the best piece of advice I could have received which was simply: “remember to enjoy it”. She is so right, what’s the point in doing all of this if we don’t enjoy it? That small comment helped relieve a lot of the pressure I’d put on myself, I kept a smile on my face the entire race and ended up with one of my best results.

    What are your goals?

    My goal is to race a full Ironman – I’m planning on completing a number of 70.3 events next year with the aim of doing a full Ironman the year after (wish me luck)!

    Who inspires you?

    There are elite athletes who inspire me every day including Lucy Charles-Barclay and Kat Matthews who are simply incredible, but when it comes to the way I want to conduct myself in life (whether that’s with my sport or at work) and the kind of person I want to be, it’s got to be my father. I have never met such a hard-working, dedicated, generous and loving person in my life and the work ethic and ambition he has instilled in me has helped me to be where I am today. If I can be half the person that he has been then I’ll view that as a success.

    Why work with Sundried?

    Despite such an increase in awareness around ESG issues, there are still very few businesses where ethics and sustainability are at the core of what they do. Sundried is one example of where this certainly is the case so I’m really proud to be working alongside, and representing, the brand. I’m a firm believer in high quality kit that lasts, and I love the collection of items made from recycled coffee grounds and recycled plastic – as a serious coffee addict this helps my ethical conscience!

    To hear more from our ambassadors and get free tips on workout plans and more, connect with the Sundried Personal Trainers on our app.

    Posted by Aimee Garnett
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