TYR Sport, Inc. has renewed its agreement as the official sponsor of the French Swimming Federation (FFN) for swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming, and synchronized swimming, through the year 2016. TYR has held a partnership with the FFN since 2002.
One of the top federations in the world, the French dominated the 2010 European Championships this past August and were named European Champions in swimming for the first time in history. Over the course of the competition, the French delegation earned medals in both the pool and the open water, for a total of 23 medals. Eight gold medals were won, which included performances from champions Alain Bernard (100m freestyle), FrÃ©dÃ©rick Bousquet (50m freestyle and 50m butterfly), Camille Lacourt (100m backstroke and 50m backstroke), and Yannick Agnel (400m freestyle).
Three French swimmers currently hold the fastest recorded times in 2010 in their respective events: Bousquet (50m freestyle), Lacourt (100m backstroke and 50m backstroke), and Sebastien Rouault (800m freestyle). The world's top ranking for 2010 in the 4Ã-100m medley relay also belongs the French team consisting of Lacourt, Bousquet, Hugues Duboscq, and Fabien Gilot.
“I am thrilled to have TYR continue its alliance with our national team,
said Francis Luyce, president of the FFN and former world record holder.
In our time together, the FFN has developed and transformed into one of the best contingents in the world. TYR has always been recognized in Europe for its expertise in technology and we're looking forward to their support for many years to come.”
TYR has a storied past with the FFN. In December 2008, at the European SC Championships in Croatia, Amaury Leveaux set the world record in the 100m freestyle. Leveaux's time of 44.94, while wearing TYR Tracerâ¢ Technology, still stands today.
“This renewal, along with TYR's substantial growth and advanced technology development, will allow us to continue our progression in Europe through the support of swimming federations and their athletes,” stated Franck Horter, TYR's European General Manager. “I am excited to work with the federation as we focus on the London Games.”
The French Federation boasts a nationwide team registration of more than 250,000 participants with more than 1,600 affiliated clubs. TYR will receive exclusive rights to develop an authentic FFN Collection available through the federation's online store.
In addition to the FFN, TYR expanded its European commitment earlier this year by signing a sponsorship agreement with the German Swimming Federation (DSV) and also continues its partnership with the Danish Swimming Federation. Other key relationships include sponsorship of U.S.A Triathlon and the Italian Triathlon Federation, as well as partnerships with IronmanÂ® and U.S. Masters Swimming.