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6 Dec 2023 Press release

Strong partnership extended: Wilo remains at the side of the German Men’s Eight

Wilo Group and Wilo-Foundation sign contract until 2028

Dortmund. The Wilo Group and the Wilo-Foundation extend their contract with the Team German Men’s Eight ahead of schedule. The multinational technology group and the family foundation will remain the main sponsor and promoter of young talent for the flagship of German rowing until 2028. Even in challenging times, both supporters are convinced of the strength and exceptional team spirit of the rowers.

Wilo has been the main sponsor of the German Men’s Eight since 2010 as well as of the Men’s Four and the Men’s Pair since 2015. “We have been able to celebrate numerous major successes together in recent years”, says Oliver Hermes, President & CEO of the Wilo Group. “From Olympic gold in 2012 to several European and World Championship titles and a silver medal at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. And we are convinced: There will be many more successes to come.”

“We are delighted that Wilo continues to stand firmly by our side”, says Carsten Oberhagemann, Managing Director of Deutschland-Achter GmbH. “Turbulent times prove how strong a partnership is.” After the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a generational shift took place at the oars. Nevertheless, national coach Sabine Tschäge’s team managed to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“Our commitment to rowing is a matter close to our hearts. Of course, we also support the athletes in turbulent phases of the sport. They can rely on the support of the entire Wilo family”, says Hermes. Shared values and an affinity with the city of Dortmund are what bind the company and the rowers.

The same applies to the majority shareholder of the WILO SE: The Wilo-Foundation is committed to the Opländer family’s decades-long dedication to competitive rowing in Dortmund and has been supporting the U23 young athletes since 2013. For example, the family foundation awards training scholarships or enables participation in training camps.

“With the help of our youth development programme, we’re improving training conditions and supporting the compatibility of a professional career with competitive sports”, explains Evi Hoch, member of the Executive Board of the Wilo-Foundation. Hermes, also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wilo-Foundation, adds: “In this way, we are sustainably promoting the future of the German Men’s Eight in Dortmund.”


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Silas Schefers

Wilo Group

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44263 Dortmund

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