The achievements of Dutch swimmer Sharon Van Rouwendaal speak for themselves; she is one of today’s most renowned athletes. Olympic champion of the Rio 2016 Games’ 10km open water marathon, the young 25 year old also wishes to make a difference outside of the pool and the sea. She is ARD Foundation’s new ambassador. Her mission is to promote the Foundation around the world, bringing its message of hope to all who dedicate themselves to new cancer treatment research.
“I am very proud to be an ambassador for the ARD Foundation. A lot of people suffer because of cancer, including myself and people around my family. It is wonderful that there is a foundation that dedicates itself to raising funds for research. I feel for all of those who are currently fighting this disease. I hope that, together, we can achieve a common goal and uncover more and more treatments for those who are suffering,” says Sharon.
The Dutch swimmer told us a little bit about her career trajectory and the next few championships she’ll be competing in:
“Since I was very young, I always had a lot of energy and liked being competitive. After spending many and many hours at the pool and working hard every day, my dream finally came true in 2016, when I became an Olympic Champion. I’m also a five time European champion and eight times world medalist. My next goal is the World Championships Open Water Swimming in Gwangju, Korea. I need to finish at the top 10 at the 10km races to qualify for the Tokyo Games and go to my third Olympics. My greatest wish is to defend the title I won in Rio.”
After becoming an ambassador to the ARD Foundation, Sharon Van Rowendaal strengthens a team that already counts on the nutritionist and influencer Silvia Pozzobon, model Lais Ribeiro, actor Reynaldo Gianechinni, actress, model and singer Emilia Pedersen, and TV host and singer Sabrina Parlatore.