Jimmy Johnsen may be from Denmark but for the last 3 years has made Australia his home during the European winter. Having success with multiple podium finishes at IM WA and winning 70.3 Shepparton in 2009 Australia hold a special place with the Dane.
A recently decision to leave the Danish National Team and Federation appointed coach Michael Kruger meant Jimmy was in the market for a coach to take him to the next level.
â€œWith my girlfriend being an Aussie we spend up to 6 months a year in Australia. I am currently going through the process of getting a partner visa which grants me residency, it means I will be spending a lot of the year in Australia so for me having an Aussie coach makes senseâ€
â€œIn the end I decided on Grant Giles and Aeromax Team because from my first email conversation with Grant, he seemed the perfect fit for me. He was confident in us working together and what we can achieve. I had heard a lot of great things about Grant and the success of his already strong elite team made me confident in my decision. I am friends with a few of the other guys on the team and they have nothing but praise for Grant and this training methodsâ€
Grant also speaks highly of the new member on the team
â€œJimmy has already had an impressive career as winner of Challenge Barcelona 2010 and second place getter at Challenge Copenhagen 2011 as well as many Half Ironman wins and podium efforts all over the world. We feel that Jimmy will be a fantastic add to our pro squad. Jimmy shows great dedication, consistency and professionalism as well as an easy going nature which is a perfect foil for our training philosophy.
Jimmy’s first race down under will be Challenge Wanaka in New Zealand before taking on Urban 2.20.80 in Geelong. He will also be participating in the Xosize series races in Melbourne before taking on Challenge Cairns in June.
â€œI love racing in Australia. I have some great friends, sponsors and support crew down under so it’s always loads of fun and tough! Like 2011, with the exception of Geelong and the Xosize series, in 2012 I will only be racing within the Challenge series of races. Felix and all the Challenge crew are great and look after all athletes at a superior level. For me right now there is no other races I would rather do. I definitely feel part of their family now.â€
Jimmy joins one of Australia’s crack training squads which boasts guys like Clayton Fettall, Tim Berkel, Tim Reed, Joey Lampe, Mitch Robins and also new signing Adam Holborow. After being self trained recently Adam has decided to re-join Aeromax Team to get himself to the next level.