The fastest athlete in South Africa’s history, Akani Simbine, has signed a seven-figure sponsorship deal with UK-listed satellite solutions provider Avanti Communications.
The three-year sponsorship agreement will see Simbine through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The partnership is the cornerstone of Avanti’s new brand platform, ‘Be More’, which celebrates its mission to connect people, communities and continents to a world of opportunity and create better futures for all. It was inspired by a shared passion to empower young talent across the continent and will enable Simbine to train full-time, something crucial to the athlete in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020.
“This is an exciting time for me and with Avanti’s support I can now be even more focused on my 2020 gold medal ambition,” said Simbine. “Like me, Avanti wants to make a positive impact across Africa and inspire people to reach their full potential. I believe that everyone can be more, when they are a piece of the continent.”
Avanti CEO, Kyle Whitehill, added: “With his athletic success, ambition and legacy of spreading positivity and optimism, Akani Simbine is exactly the sort of ambassador Avanti wants to be working with. This is Avanti’s first ever professional sponsorship deal and it comes in a really significant year for the company as we build on new and existing projects across the continent that empower people to be more.”