CONFIRMED PROs & KOLs

The biggest challenge between the pro-athletes. Who will be the champion of this year?

Mitchell Paul Robins | PRO

Nationality: Australian

Mitch Robins grew up in Port Macquarie – home of Ironman Australia and was inspired to take up triathlon when he was 19 (2008). Mitch Robins is now a well-known face in the Asian triathlon scene, moreover, he was the winner of Challenge Vietnam 2016.

Achievements:

  • 1st – Challenge Vietnam 2016

  • 1st – Challenge Iskandar Puteri 2017

  • 1st – Tri-United Standard Philippines 2017

  • 1st – Herbalife Bali International Triathlon 2017

  • 5th – Ironman 70.3 Xiamen 2018

  • 7th – Ironman Australia 2018

Mitchell Robins - Challenge Vietnam

Levi Maxwell | PRO

Nationality: Australian

Levi Maxwell is a professional Australian triathlete and has been doing triathlon for 10 years. He is an amazing human who has come from very humble beginnings to fight his way into the competitive world of Triathlon and managed 2nd place of Challenge Vietnam 2016.

Achievements:

  • 1st – Challenge Shepparton 2018

  • 1st – 2XU Triathlon Series Race 1 2018

  • 1st – Australian Duathlon Championship 2018

  • 2nd – Challenge Vietnam 2016

  • 2nd – Challenge Melbourne Half 2018

  • 8th – Ironman Australia 2018

Levi Maxwell - Challenge Vietnam

Johana Solano | KOL

Nationality: Costa Rican

Johana Solano officially confirmed to join IPPGroup Challenge Vietnam for the 2nd time.

Who is she?

  • Miss Latin America 2009, Miss Costa Rica 2011, Top 10 Miss Universe 2011
  • She is a miss but also a well-known triathlete. She has been in big triathlon races and in its podiums
  • She finished IPPGroup Challenge Vietnam 2016 in 5 hours 52 minutes and 3 seconds (in fact, she was even 4-minute faster than the fastest Vietnamese athlete at that time)

Coming back to Nha Trang city this year, Miss Costa Rica will inspire Vietnamese women to participate in sports, especially Triathlon:

“You only have a body and you need to take action as soon as you can! Women like us should take better care of our body and once day, it will pay-off!”

Johana Solano - Challenge Vietnam Triathlon

To Phuong | AMBASSADOR

Nationality: Vietnamese

To Phuong, IPPGroup Challenge Vietnam 2019’s ambassador is calling out to all Vietnamese women out there to take the challenge of Nha Trang:

I am blessed with a sport that allowed an ordinary women like me to do the extraordinary. I was taught when I was a little girl, I can walk, limp or even crawl but NEVER GIVE UP. Along the journey with Challenge Vietnam, I would like to encourage other women to take on the challenge and train with me. You can do it because Nothing is impossible for woman!

Achievements 2018:

  • 2nd fastest Vietnamese female in Ironman
  • 2nd place in Coupe de Hue cycling race
  • 2nd place in Highland cycling race
To Phuong - Challenge Vietnam Triathlon

Emily Donker | PRO

Nationality: Australian

Emily Donker, she is potential for IPPGroup Challenge Vietnam’s podium. Check-out her achievements:

  • 1st Tweed Coast Enduro 2019
  • 3rd Hell of the West 2019
  • 5th Tauranga Half 2019
  • 5th AG Standard Distance World Championships 2018
  • 2nd Noosa Tri 2018

Coming to Vietnam for the first time, she wants to send her message to Vietnamese female athletes: “Race smart and control your effort so that you can finish strongly, but also be confident in your training and race hard so you can know you’ve finished to the best of your ability. Develop a race plan that plays to your strengths – get through the tougher sections, so you can have realistic expectations of your performance, push and shine through the rest of the race, and enjoy the experience.”

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Hannah Wells | PRO

Nationality: Australian

If you want to get on the podium, you’d better watch-out this girl – Hannah Wells:

  • 1st Challenge Wanaka 2019
  • 1st Tauranga Half Ironman
  • 1st New Zealand Half iron distance National Champ 2019
  • 2nd Western Sydney Ironman 70.3 2018
  • 3rd Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3 2018

Talking about her secret to the finish line, she has shared: “What motivates me to get to the finish line is the opportunity to celebrate all of the hard training that has gone into getting to the race, and to get the most out of myself.”

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Steve McKenna | PRO

Nationality: Australian

Steve McKenna, 3rd pro-athlete in the list that we think he is potential for the champion of this year. Let’s check out his profile:

  • First ever triathlon in 2015 (no swimming/cycling experience)
  • Gained Professional license within 12 months
  • 5th Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica
  • 9th Ironman 70.3 Boulder
  • 9th Ironman 70.3 Racine (Championship event)
  • 2nd Murrayman long course triathlon 2017/2018
  • 6th ITU Oceania Olympic Distance Championships
  • South Australian Triathlete of the Year 2016/2017/2018
  • 1st South Australian Olympic distance and sprint distance 2016/2017/2018

When being asked why choosing to come across the globe to visit Nha Trang, Vietnam, Steven McKenna said: “Never been to Vietnam and have heard amazing things. I also want to support Challenge races all over the globe as they are great to the athletes – they are my favorite races for sure.”

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Samuel Tebeck | PRO

Nationality: Australian

Get to know the youngest pro-athlete at IPPGroup Challenge Vietnam – Samuel Tebeck: “I previously raced motocross and began to enjoy the cross-training more than racing the motorbike. After a year of running I switched into triathlon in 2011 and have not looked back since. My love for the sport extend to my career where I am currently studying a PhD in sports physiology investigating the effect of heat stress in cyclists.”

What else from him you may get impressed:

  • 3rd South Australian Long Course Champion
  • 4th Challenge Half Distance top 10 finisher
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