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The pressure is on. Will they realize their dreams or fall flat? Meet The Team
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Meet the 2019 Zwift Academy Tri Team

Eight athletes who blend potential, passion, and charisma. Hailing from countries all across the globe, this team is united and driven by a singular focus: the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
Levi Hauwert
Levi
Hauwert,
33

Australia

Levi has outstanding Ironman bona fides, racing his first full Ironman with a debut time of 8:43! In 2017, he was the overall winner of Ironman Western Australia and raced Kona, where he returned again in 2018. This year, he’s looking to improve upon his past results to be the top overall amateur at Kona. He qualified at Ironman Texas in April.

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Philipp Herbert
Philipp
Herber,
30

Germany

A strong contender for the podium in his age group, Philipp has been competing in triathlons for 11 years. Along the way, he’s racked up some great results, such as last year’s Kona time of 8:56. After a successful start to the season, his Kona aspirations are now in doubt after suffering a broken collarbone.

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Justin Lippert
Justin
Lippert,
23

USA

Brimming with confidence and hilarious antics, Justin catches your attention and refuses to let go. A watermelon Speedo. A handlebar mustache. He can rock both while pulling impressive results, taking the 2018 USA Triathlon National Championships in Sprint, Olympic, and Half-Ironman. This year, he’ll take on his first Ironman to qualify for Kona.

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Paul Lunn
Paul
Lunn,
47

UK

A father of four and grandfather to two, Paul is a dedicated triathlete. He’s a Kona regular, finishing both 5th and 3rd in his age group for the past two years. After punching his Kona ticket at Ironman Cairns, Paul has his sights set on an age group win.

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Ruth Purbrook
Ruth
Purbrook,
29

UK

Why do we think Ruth is such an exceptional athlete? She crushes it in all three tri disciplines. After winning her age group last year in Kona with a time of 9:33:46, she secured her 2019 spot. With the Zwift Academy Tri Team, Ruth sets her sights on the overall age group title in Kona.

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Yvonne Timewell
Yvonne
Timewell,
52

Canada

Yvonne’s first attempt at Kona saw her take second place in her age group. Despite racing at Ironman Canada 1999, she considers herself faster now at 51 than she was in her thirties, all thanks to Zwift. After winning her age group at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, she’s aiming for the top step in Kona.

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Natia van Heerden
Natia van Heerden,28

South Africa

Coming from a family of athletes, it’s no surprise Natia ended up here. Early on, she competed in gymnastics at the Olympic level and began racing triathlons in 2008. To this day, she’s completed six full Ironman races. After winning Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and punching her Kona ticket, she’s got high hopes for the Big Island.

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Maggie Walsh
Maggie
Walsh,
37

USA

A single Ironman finish under her belt is all it took for Maggie to secure her spot on the Big Island! A mother of one, Maggie still finds the time to be a competitive ultra runner. This, plus a background in swimming, has undoubtedly helped her become the overall female winner at Ironman Maryland.

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Sarah True
2019 Zwift Academy Tri Mentor

Sarah True

An American triathlete whose early career focused on the ITU Series, Sarah represented the US at the 2012 London Olympics—finishing 4th—and again at Rio in 2016. In 2018, Sarah tested herself with longer distances, racking up wins at IM 70.3 Augusta and Austin. She finished second in her first-ever Ironman at the European Championships in Frankfurt. Earning a spot at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Sarah finished in a stunning fourth place on her first trip to the Big Island.

Tim Don
2019 Zwift Academy Tri Mentor

Tim Don

Tim is a repeat Olympian who made the leap into the Ironman world. Initially focusing on the Ironman 70.3 distance, he kicked it up a notch in 2014, winning his first full Ironman at Mallorca! He was hit by a truck in the days leading up to the 2017 Ironman World Championships, resulting in a fractured C2 vertebrae and three months in a neck brace. Beating the odds, he bounced back the next year to win IM 70.3 Costa Rica and returned to Kona, crossing the finish line at the 2018 Ironman World Championships.

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