Zoomarine sponsors sailor João Pontes in his dream of the 2028 Olympics

Algarvio is one of the most promising Portuguese sailors and already has international results

Zoomarine is the official sponsor of the young sailor João Pontes, during the year 2024, with the aim of supporting the continued progress and success of the Algarve athlete, who aims to qualify for the 2028 Olympics.

According to Zoomarine, «this sponsorship aims to support the Algarve athlete in developing his journey towards qualifying for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games and is aligned with the theme park's social responsibility strategy, which intends to invest in athletes from the region, supporting them in their sporting journey».

Sailor of the Clube Naval de Cascais, sailing ambassador appointed by the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth (IPDJ), and with the status of Olympic hope attributed by the Portuguese Olympic Committee, at just 18 years old, João Pontes already has several national titles and results in the main regattas on the international circuit.

For Hugo Brites, director of Marketing and Communication at Zoomarine Algarve, “we believe in our region and in its promotion in various aspects and activities, which is why we are very proud to support sailor João Pontes on his journey and we are certain that he will be able to achieve the his goal of participating in the 2028 Olympics.”

“Sailing is a water sport that promotes respect for water and the environment, thus being in line with Zoomarine’s mission and values, so it made perfect sense for us to be associated with and support the practice of this sporting activity.”, adds Hugo Brites.

João Pontes, a sailor from the Algarve, highlights that “this sponsorship is very important for the path that I intend to continue developing to become one of the athletes competing at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. In addition, having the support of Zoomarine, a family company that I have known since I was a child and where I spent many happy moments, makes this partnership even more special, especially because I know Zoomarine's concerns with the oceans, and the work they do in environmental conservation and respect for the sea, something that sailing also defends.”

Sailing is a sport that promotes respect for water and the environment, the use of clean energy, a healthy lifestyle, gender equality and inclusion, resilience and courage, the importance of tolerance and fairplay, stating itself as a link for sharing these values ​​in the country and the world.

João Pontes' first race sponsored by Zoomarine will take place in Palma de Mallorca from March 16th to 23rd and counts towards the U21 European Championship.