About Us

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!

Vision

To be the leading on-line destination for athletes in the GCC for information and best-in-class-products.

Mission

To provide an invaluable resource for training, racing and recovery, through active collaboration with fellow athletes, experts and professionals in their field. To encourage an active lifestyle.

Values

  • To be guided by doing the right thing at all times for our customers, fellow athletes, partners and the brands we represent.
  • We believe in the products and services we offer to our customers.
  • To minimize any negative impact to our environment wherever possible.
  • To be authentic, inclusive and transparent.
  • To maintain a healthy work-life balance.

David

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 retrained as a 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 real sales person.  However I am passionate about a great customer service and doing the right thing by people be it when teaching pilates in the past, or now in managing our business together with our team.  I love to learn in the field of sport and health and to share 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!

Branka

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.

Anne

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.

Yasmin Ghanem

Born and raised in the UAE, jumping around from country to country, you can call me a global cowgirl. After moving to Australia in my younger years, I found my love and fervour for sport and became a figure skater. Fast forward a few years after skating retirement, I moved back to Dubai where my affinity for sports grew and grew.

I’d like to think of myself as an avid cyclist who tries to look pro and probably going slow! You can find me on the bike most mornings or in the mountains tackling the peaks with my 2 dogs.

Becoming part of the Sported team as the Social Mediaholic was a match made in heaven. Combining work and your passion and a brilliant team to top it off – what could be better?

Drop me a line on our social platforms! See you on the track!

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