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A Rocky Road To Rio Olympics For Mat Belcher And Will Ryan

The countdown to Rio is on!

The road to Rio hasn’t proven to be smooth sailing for Olympic gold medallist and six-time World Champion, Mat Belcher and three-time World Champion, Will Ryan.

Although the Blackmores ‘Well Being’ athletes Mat and Will are tipped to dominate at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August later this year, the boys faced some tough challenges at the recent 470 World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The event is a season highlight in the lead up to this year’s Olympic Games but one of the toughest. Challenging conditions contributed to the duo finishing a disappointing 33rd on day one; however Belcher and Ryan fought an incredible comeback to finish the event with the bronze medal.

A lot of unexpected weed, coupled with terrible pollution and stench on the course made for a demanding obstacle course for the crews.

“We had some challenges we weren’t quite prepared for and the weed made it very difficult to race our normal style,” Belcher said.

Although the duo didn’t snatch the gold medal they would have liked, they are optimistic about their training path to Rio.

“I think these lessons and this event will help us a lot going forward and I’m really excited where we are going as a team,” Belcher reflected.

“There are good things we can take away from this, including the way we rallied after the first day to go from 33rd to third,” Ryan added.

Blackmores Managing Director, Dave Fenlon, congratulated the sailing duo on their accomplishments in the lead up to Rio thus far.

“We are very proud of our association with Mat & Will,” Fenlon said.

The sailing champions teamed up with Blackmores in 2015 and have been working with the brand during their preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games. They also help promote the Blackmores Be a Well Being campaign and recently launched Exercise & Energy range.

“Mat & Will were a natural choice for Blackmores, not only for their commitment to their sport but also their passion for holistic wellbeing in everyday life. Blackmores is thrilled to be associated with such accomplished Australian sportsmen and we will be supporting them every step of the way on their quest for gold,” Fenlon said.

London Olympic gold medallist, Mat Belcher said the Blackmores Well Being Program is a natural association for the sailors.

“In sport, being the best you can be is essential. Blackmores is backed by exceptional research and has a strong commitment to high quality ingredients. We enjoy working with them to achieve peak physical performance, especially in the lead up to the Olympics where nutrition will be imperative to our success,” Belcher said.

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