Sported was born from a conversation that took place over a lunch with my friend Andrew Leity – ‘Matey Leity’. It was Andrew who observed that there was no one master race calendar that put all the events and races in one place for athletes. Instead athletes had to visit a number of different sites. We were already thinking about a multi product website to incorporate our new brand Naked. Next we realized there is no one central list of coaches …… Sported was born. We hope you like it!
I have spent thirty years working in the financial services jungle: banking; insurance and finance, during that time I have run large businesses and set up new companies. I have always been involved with sport as pleasure and pastime whether that be cricket, tennis, football or athletics. I didn’t start triathlon until I was well into my forties. I have always enjoyed both the competition and camaraderie of sports. Having moved into ‘retirement’, setting up a sports business allows me the opportunity of combining my passion for all things sporty and channeling my entrepreneurial ideas. I am passionate about excellence in customer service, building sustainable businesses and innovation.
As you may have seen, Rianca and I like to be involved in our unique sporting community here in the UAE. So if you have a suggestion on how to improve this site then please drop us a line.
Rianca van Dijke
My early adult years were spent as a nurse and educator in the nursing profession both in schools and hospitals. Apart from being a little ballerina in my childhood I was never much into sport and found the competition element very intimidating. In my forties I started to focus more on sport, became passionate about becoming fit and trained as a fitness and yoga instructor teaching group classes. In the last decade mainly because of rehab of my own back injuries I am now a dedicated pilates instructor.
Living with a fairly obsessed triathlete and ironman wannabe you have to either beat them or join them and my way of doing this was by working at events with Raceme. I love the community feeling and buzz at sporting events.
I am not a sales person and don’t have a real drive for commerce, however I am passionate to learn and teach in the field of sport and health and love our nutritional range and sharing knowledge that will benefit others. Our sported website will hopefully provide a great service and I like it because it is not just a sales platform.
When you see us around come and have a chat!
I finished University of Economics in Ljubljana and worked in banking business for nearly 15 years. After moving to Dubai, I decided not to continue my career in banking and become a stay at home mom. Doing sports is a big part of my family’s lifestyle. We all like spending time outdoors and be active in some sort of way. For me personally sports is as well a way to socialize, meet like-minded people and make friends. Dubai is such a fantastic place to do just that, with numerous Running, Cycling and Triathlon groups. Since my move, I’ve been actively involved in Running and Cycling. For three Years I was part of two women’s cycling teams and competing in local Cycling Races. Through my love for sport I was given the opportunity to work with Secret Training and learn about sports nutrition. Now I am excited to also be a part of the Sported Team providing athletes with information on all that Dubai has to offer.
Born in Switzerland, I quickly developed a passion for traveling. Shortly after completing university, I headed off for an eight month backpacking trip around the world. Experiencing a wide array of cultures and natural habitats shaped my interest for photography and interior design. It also influenced greatly my love for cooking and for healthy food.
Although I have a background in environmental sciences and business consulting, I reoriented my professional career to sports management 15 years ago. Since then, I have worked for the Swiss Triathlon Federation, for the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation, for an ice hockey club, and for organisers of running races and multi-sport events. I am passionate about sports, with a special interest for triathlon, skiing and mountain biking. While living in Australia, I also learnt how to sail with my husband and conquered my fear of open waters.
After living in Ireland, Czech Republic, Australia and USA, I moved to Dubai 4 years ago and I have been immensely impressed with the outdoor opportunities the UAE offers. Hiking in the mountains, camping in the desert, cycling up to Jebel Jais or in Al Qudra, are a few examples of what I like doing in this part of the world.
I joined the Sported Team in March 2020 with the goal to expand the activities of Sported and to grow the sales of its related brands. I strongly believe in the business model of Sported, based on building and running a community by athletes for athletes.
I have recently moved to UAE and I am very happy to join Sported team as the Runderwear brand manager.
I have been in marketing all my life and started running back in 2008. Later on my two passions – for brands and sport came together as one when I started to specialise in sport marketing working for Red Bull and later on for Riyadh Road Runners.
I got into triathlon a few years ago and now absolutely in love with all the buzz around it. Every time at a race I enjoy meeting people of the sport community and speak to them, know their stories. I love being surrounded by sports-minded people because of the infectious positive attitudes.
I also have 3 little chihuahuas.