PokerStars Sponsors Top British Snowboarder Zoe Gillings-Brier
ONCHAN, Isle of Man – October 2, 2015 – PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand today announced that it will be sponsoring Isle of Man Olympic Snowboard Cross champion Zoe Gillings-Brier.
Zoe has seven World Cup podiums, three Winter Olympic Games, among many other multinational titles to her name; resulting in her being Great Britain’s most successful Snowboard Cross athlete ever. Zoe is currently Isle of Man Sports Woman of the Year, an accolade she has now won five times.
PokerStars is playing a significant part in Zoe’s Olympic programme by supporting her to train and compete towards the biggest competition of her career to date – the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which is being held in Pyeongchang; South Korea.
Zoe will be bringing her skills to the poker table during the UK & Ireland Poker Tour Isle of Man Festival where she will be competing in the Main Event and the Charity Tournament. This year’s charity tournament will help to raise funds for local charity, Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation.
Zoe Gillings-Brier said, “I am extremely grateful to PokerStars for supporting me on my journey to the 2018 Olympic Games. The Isle of Man is a small Island in the Irish Sea so it makes me so proud to be supported by a local Manx company while representing the Isle of Man training and competing around the world. I love the adrenaline rush I get from snowboarding and often get the same sense of that when playing poker. I love the chance to compete and improve my skills so I’m looking forward to wearing the PokerStars patch on home soil next week.”
PokerStars Director of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser said “We are delighted to be able to support Zoe as she prepares for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Zoe is an extremely focused and determined athelete and we are excited to be a part of her latest quest for Olympic success. ”
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