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Discovery Vitality announced as the Official Wellness Partner of the South African Olympic team for Rio 2016
Discovery Vitality announced as the Official Wellness Partner of the South African Olympic team for Rio 2016

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Discovery Vitality announced as the Official Wellness Partner of the South African Olympic team for Rio 2016

15 July 2016 – Discovery Vitality, South Africa’s leading scientific wellness programme, has been confirmed as the Official Wellness Partner of the South African Olympic team for Rio 2016. Through the sponsorship, Vitality hopes to inspire ordinary South Africans to lead healthier lives.

Shrey Viranna, Discovery Vitality Chief Executive, said; “The Olympic Games is the ultimate platform for achieving personal bests. It takes immense commitment and focus for elite athletes to succeed in being selected for the Olympic team, and Discovery Vitality is proud to be the Official Wellness Partner of Team South Africa.” Viranna confirmed that Vitality is also an official SuperSport broadcast sponsor of the Rio Olympic Games.

“This is indeed an exciting partnership with Discovery Vitality with their years of experience in science-based wellness, in support of our athletes on their journey to the Rio Olympics. Key to performing at the highest level of international sports, of which the Olympic Games is the pinnacle, we have to ensure that all our athletes, in every sporting code, are finely tuned and have been following a balanced path of health, wellness and training. We hope to build on this relationship with Discovery as we strive to produce world-class athletes for Rio and beyond,” said SASCOC Chief Executive, Mr. Tubby Reddy.

Viranna commented on the motivation behind the sponsorship; “Athletes competing at the Olympics work incredibly hard to achieve their goals. Ordinary people too work hard every day to achieve their personal best in their journey to better health. At Vitality, we are passionate about helping people achieve their personal bests, by providing all the support they need to take the first step to better health, or to improve on an already active lifestyle. As the Official Wellness Partner of Team South Africa in Rio, we hope that more South Africans will be motivated and inspired to get active and achieve their personal best.”

Discovery Vitality ambassador and Olympic champion Chad le Clos will be defending his title in Rio, once again competing against his idol and American swim legend Michael Phelps. Viranna commented on what a brilliant role model Chad is for all South Africans: “he inspires us all with his determination and commitment to achieve his personal best.”

Viranna concluded; “From everyone at Discovery Vitality, we wish our Olympic team all the best as they represent South Africa and compete on the world stage.”

Notes to the editor:

Discovery Vitality celebrates personal bests with rewards for healthier living – from cash back when people choose to buy healthy food, to free weekly coffees and smoothies, to great discounts on monthly gym fees. Millions of people around the world get active and get rewarded with Discovery Vitality. 



Discovery information

About Discovery Limited

Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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Felicity Hudson

Felicity Hudson

Press contact Head of Reputation Management Discovery Group 0115294514

Nthabiseng Chapeshamano

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Press contact Senior Reputation Manager Vitality & Wellness

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