Thank you to everyone who submitted a design for the 2017-18 Rudy Project Sunglass Contest! We loved your creative designs, and we’re excited to share the winner with you.
Congratulations to Austin Camenzuli, age 9 of Louisiana! We caught up with Austin, who competed in his first multisport event in 2015, to hear about his inspiration for the sunglasses and why he loves triathlon.
USA Triathlon Kids: What inspired your sunglass design?
Austin Camenzuli: My design is from the Jubilee Kids Triathlon in Fairhope, Alabama, where I got to compete in my first open water race.
USAT Kids: What’s your favorite race memory?
AC: Swimming in the lazy river, cycling through the park and running past the animals at the Audubon Zoo while competing alongside my sister Ava at the Wild Thing Kids Triathlon in New Orleans, Louisiana.
USAT Kids: What does it mean to you to win this contest?
AC: I was so excited to win a pair of Rudy sunglasses. It will help me perform better knowing that as long as I try my best I can succeed at anything.
USAT Kids: What do you like best about multisport?
AC: You can do three sport events in one race.
USAT Kids: What are your multisport goals for the 2018 season?
AC: To compete in five triathlon races and to finish in the top three.
USAT Kids: What are your favorite hobbies besides triathlon?
AC: Reading, tennis, soccer, track & field, skiing and skating
USAT Kids: What is your favorite subject in school?
AC: Computer & physical education
USAT Kids: What are your goals?
AC: To go to the Youth & Junior National Championships in Ohio this year and to compete in the Olympics one day.
USAT Kids: Anything else we should know about you?
AC: I was born in Queensland, Australia, on the Gold Coast.
Sunglass Contest Runners-up
Check out the designs from our runners-up: Anand Verma, Billy Neel, Genavieve Newton and Alicia Reichelt!
Anand Verma, 12
Billy Neel, 11
Genavieve Newton, 12
Alicia Reichelt, 15
Find winners and runners-up from past Rudy Project drawing contests here.