SolRx Sunscreen Blog
She may be young, but she’s a bona fide surfing star and an elite athlete. Georgia Cook, a top-ranked surfer, is still just a sophomore in high school – but she’s also a speaker, a philanthropist, and a top scholar. Cook counts the ocean and her religion as her biggest passions.
Cook, at 15, has been competing in surfing competitions since she was nine. She rides both the short and long board. Each year, from her home in Tennessee, she travels more than 15,000 miles to participate in surfing competitions. Her surfing accomplishments include multiple wins in the Eastern Surfing Association and the National Scholastic Surfing Association.
She’s been ranked No. 1 in the Georgia ESA District in Girls Shortboard and No. 2 in the Women’s Long Board for consecutive years, and in 2013 she was the first female from the ESA Georgia District to be named to the elite ESA All-Star Team. This year, she placed 11th in the Surfing America U.S. Championships and second place in Explorer Girls Longboard at the NSSA East Coast Championships. The list of her honors is long, and includes the Josephine Meuse Young Surfer Award and the Dianne Waldhour Mosely Iron Woman Award, both of which she has received for six years running.
Cook founded Every Girl Counts, a humanitarian organization that buys shoes for kids in need. The group has given more than 1,300 pairs of sandals to impoverished children around the world. Every Girl Counts is currently building a school in Kenya called the Bright Hope Education Center, intended to prepare students for university and break generational cycles of poverty. Cook also volunteers at the YMCA Surf Camp and is a member of the student action committee at her high school.
Academics & Motivation
As a member of the I Am Second Speakers Bureau, Cook has spoken to thousands of young people about surfing, her faith, and how to kids can achieve their dreams. She has a 4.5 grade point average, and her academic awards include the Presidential Academic Award in 2011 and the Duke University Talent Identification Program in 2013-2015.
At SolRx, we’re proud to support Georgia Cook and fine athletes like her – young people who aren’t just satisfied with doing well, but also strive to do good. It’s safe to say that this young star has a brilliant future ahead of her. We can’t wait to see what she does next!
SolRx is now the official sunscreen for Team Dimension Data for Quebeka, the South African road cycling team.
The team is one of 18 confirmed World Tour teams for 2016, has a history that dates back to 2007. That’s when it was founded as MTN-Quebeka, sponsored by a South African cellular phone network provider. A year later, it became a Union Cycliste International Continental Team, and remained so until 2012. After that, it was registered as a Professional Continental Team, and became the first such team from Africa. In 2015 MTN ended its sponsorship, and global information technology company Dimension Data has helped forge a new team from the old.
As MTN-Quebeka, Team Dimension Data has had some prominent successes. Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo in 2013, and the team got its first Grand Tour wildcard for the 2014 Vuelta a España. The team made history as the first registered team from Africa to take part in the 2015 Tour de France. There, Steve Cummings won in the first stage of the tour, stage 14 of Mandela Day. The team won a second Grand Tour stage victory at the 2015 Vuelta a España thanks to Kristian Sbaragli.
Team Dimension Data for Quebeka
The new Team Dimension Data was created last year to reflect the new sponsorship. The name change displays the team’s support of Quebeka, World Bicycle Relief’s South African program. Quebeka gives bicycles to people in need in order to help improve communities, the environment, and individual growth.
Team Dimension Data for Quebeka is now one of the UCI’s confirmed World Tour teams for 2016, which means it will compete in 28 road cycling events throughout the men’s cycling season. The season started with the Tour Down Under on January 19, and ends this October 9 with a team time trial at the World Championships. This is the eighth edition of the UCI’s ranking system.
Members of Team Dimension Data
International Team Dimension Data members include:
- Igor Anton (ESP)
- Natnael Berhane (ERI)
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
- Theo Bos (NED)
- Matthew Brammeier (IRL)
- Mark Cavendish (GBR)
- Stephen Cummings (GBR)
- Mekseb Debesay (ERI)
- Nicolas Dougall (RSA)
- Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
- Tyler Farrar (USA)
- Omar Fraile (ESP)
- Nathan Haas (AUS)
- Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
- Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
- Songezo Jim (RSA)
- Merhawi Kudus (ERI)
- Cameron Meyer (AUS)
- Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA)
- Serge Pauwels (BEL)
- Youcef Reguigui (ALG)
- Mark Renshaw (AUS)
- Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
- Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR)
- Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI)
- Jay Thomson (RSA)
- Johann van Zyl (RSA)
- Jaco Venter (RSA)
SolRx, with its high-performance, broad-spectrum sunscreen, is proud to sponsor these elite cyclists as they compete in many different weather conditions around the world.