Gymshark, a British fitness apparel and accessories brand with a valuation of over €1 billion, has welcomed local Olympian and weightlifting champion Yazmin Zammit Stevens to its ranks, she announced on Wednesday.

Taking to social media to reveal the achievement, she wrote: “I can finally proudly announce that I am officially a Gymshark athlete.

“Being able to represent such a massive global brand is something I never thought would become a reality. Thank you to Gymshark for believing in my journey and welcoming me into your beautiful and inspirational family.”

The achievement places her among the company’s community of leading athletes, artists and visionaries, which stretches across the globe and includes such prominent figures as Chris Bumstead, a reigning champion of one of the world's preeminent bodybuilding competitions, Mr Olympia.

Ms Zammit Stevens embarked on her weightlifting journey only six years ago, achieving quick success, becoming an Olympian when she departed for the Olympic Games in Japan only months into her career.

More recently, along with the mixed group Maltese team, she tasted victory at the European Small Nation Championships – the first time a mixed Maltese team had won.

Since its inception in 2012 by school friends Ben Francis and Lewis Morgan, Gymshark has risen to become one of the most recognisable – and successful – fitnesswear companies in Europe.

Last year, US equity firm General Atlantic purchased a 21 per cent stake in the company for $261.7 million (€224.81 million), in a move expected to allow the company to expand globally.  

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Facebook/ Yazmin Zammit Stevens

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