Known for his explosive speed and long sprint, 28 year old Simon van Velthooven was recruited by Emirates Team New Zealand to provide the power that allowed the Catamaran to be so competitive in Bermuda and ultimately bring the cup home.
Previous experience: Prior to his sailing career as a Cyclor, Simon achieved numerous cycling accolades representing New Zealand.
In 2012 Simon made his Olympic debut in London, securing a Bronze medal in the highly contested and physically demanding Sprint event - the Men’s Keirin. Simon won the 99th Olympic medal and was only the second individual male to medal at the 2012 London Olympics; claiming New Zealand’s first Sprint Cycling Olympic medal.
Simon attributes his motivation and strong work ethic to his upbringing in rural Manawatu. He has also completed a Bachelors Degree in AgriCommerce, majoring in Rural Property Valuation.
As a sporting speaker, his presentations are inspirational and engaging.
Working for Microsoft I attend many conferences both in New Zealand and the US. At a recent Partner conference with Intergen I was really privileged to hear the story of Simon van Velthoove ... keep readingn. As a New Zealand Citizen living in Auckland during the recent Americas Cup we were all in awe of the fantastic win from Team New Zealand. The story Simon told was so unique, as a medal winning Olympic athlete in cycling who had never dreamt that he would be a Sailor in the Americas Cup. He told us how he had been sworn to secrecy and had trained the professional sailors how to cycle like an Olympian to drive the boat with such power that had never been seen before. His story was humorous, humble, well told, engaging and overall incredibly interesting. I thought he made a fantastic guest speaker. Microsoft