Shaklee Corporation recently announced the induction of Samantha Achterberg and Charles Fernandez to the Shaklee Pure Performance Team.
The Pure Performance Team consists of Shaklee’s more than 80 sponsored athletes. Achterberg and Fernandez are Modern Pentathletes and have qualified for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
Achterberg won an individual silver medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in July. It was her most noteworthy athletic achievement in her nine-year career in the Modern Pentathlon, which includes Fencing, swimming, equestrian, shooting and running. She also paired with USA teammate Jessica Davis to grab the gold medal in the Women’s Relay event.
“I know that there is still work to be done, but ‘m looking forward to this season to gain the experience needed on my path to Tokyo,” said Achterberg. “These medals mean so much to me for so many reasons—the obstacles and the amazing people that have helped me—and I am forever grateful. I’m also grateful for Shaklee’s support. Knowing the supplements and products I use are safe and effective is a huge relief for an elite-level athlete.”
Fernandez, who competes for Guatemala, is fresh off his second consecutive gold-medal performance in the Pan Am Games, having also topped the podium in 2015 when the Games were hosted in Toronto. In addition, he competed in the 2016 Summer games in Rio de Janeiro where he placed 15th and expects to be a strong contender for a medal in Tokyo. A dual citizen with the USA, he intends to train in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center with several other Shaklee Pure Performance Team athletes.
“I’m excited to join the Shaklee Pure Performance Team because Shaklee genuinely cares about their athletes, treating everyone like family and caring for them in the most professional way possible,” said Fernandez. “I believe Shaklee can help me achieve my goals going into 2020 and beyond.”