Speedo, the world’s leading swimwear brand, has signed rising star in French swimming, Marie Wattel to its roster of swimming superstars ahead of the Games this summer.
Wattel, recently crowned European champion in the 100m butterfly, took her place on the international individual podium for the first time in her swimming career. Marie joins a number of high-profile, successful female Speedo swimmers also heading to Tokyo this summer, including; Pernille Blume (DEN), Sophie Pascoe (NZL) and newest member of Team Speedo; Abbey Weitzel (USA) to name a few.
Wattel competed in her first Games in Rio in 2016 and shortly after, made a career changing move to Loughborough University to continue her training and studying in the UK. The following year Wattel won silver in the 100 fly (55.97) and bronze in the 4×50 medley relay at the European Championships, marking her 1st major international medals.
In 2019 Wattel made the Worlds team for France. Individually, she set 2 national records in the 50 fly, finishing in 5th place at 25.50, only .03 away from medalling.
Celebrating her 24th Birthday today, the sprinter believes ‘Success is a journey, not a destination’ and continues to strive for success with her sights set firmly on Tokyo this summer.
Following the announcement, Marie said: “I’m excited to be joining some of the best swimmers in the world and proud to be part of Team Speedo. I have always seen Speedo as the best brand for top athletes and I will be going to Tokyo this summer feeling confident and excited to compete with the support of such an innovative brand behind me.”
Sean Kavanagh, Global Director of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship at Speedo, said: “Marie has been making waves since she’s stepped on to the International circuit and quickly proved to be a phenomenal and exciting talent. Speedo continue to partner with the world’s best and most influential athletes, and we are delighted to bring another European champion to Team Speedo.
Marie brings an abundance of energy, passion, determination and raw talent to the sport which was demonstrated during her recent success at the European Championship in Budapest wearing our latest Fastskin suits, we are very excited to support Marie so she can perform at her best leading up to Tokyo and beyond.”
Marie joins an exciting list of Team Speedo swimmers ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer including Caeleb Dressel (USA), Alia Atkinson (JAM), Ellie Simmonds (GBR), Abbey Weitzeil (USA), Sophie Pascoe (NZL), Ariarne Titmus (AUS), Pernille Blume (DEN), Alice Tai (GBR), Duncan Scott (GBR), Wang Shun (CHN), Ryan Murphy (USA) and Mack Horton (AUS).