Just four months after joining Swiss sportswear brand On, steeplechaser Aimee Pratt is now a high-profile addition to the European chapter of On’s professional track team, On Athletics Club Europe.
Going forward, the 25-year-old will train under the auspices of head coach Thomas Dreissigacker and together with fellow OAC Europe athletes Noah Baltus, Tom Elmer, Cari Hughes, Marta Garcia, Fabiane Meyer, George Mills, Robert Farken, Sebastian Frey and Luke McCann.
The move comes on the heels of Pratt’s impressive performances at last year’s European Championships, Commonwealth Games, and World Championships and will grant the 25-year-old opportunities to further professionalize her training and lifestyle.
Among the benefits that OAC Europe offers to its athletes are a high-altitude base in St. Moritz and access to world-class coaching, physiotherapy, and mental coaching. Paired with strong training partners from different nationalities, On Athletics Club Europe offers an all-around professional environment that helps athletes to access their optimal performance.
“The opportunity to join OAC Europe on an altitude camp arose, and I felt it was the perfect fit for me to progress into the next stage of my career. Whilst on the camp, I got to see the coaching philosophy and felt that this is what I have missed so far,” Pratt said. “OAC Europe is an incredibly special group of people. Everyone is striving daily towards greatness, and the team atmosphere makes the work easy.”
“We are really happy that Aimee Pratt joins OAC Europe. Aimee reinforces our team on the women’s side and adds an additional event to the team, as we did not have a steeplechaser yet. Aimee has never trained in a group before, so I think it will be really helpful for her to train with other strong athletes in a professional environment,” said head coach Thomas Dreissigacker comments on the new addition. “Last year, she really showed her potential with sixth place and a big PB at the World Championships. The next step is to stabilize this new level. Mid- and long-term, I expect some further improvements, so we are really excited to have her.”
Since starting to run in 2014, Pratt has gone from strength to strength. She crowned herself British Champion in the 3000m steeplechase in 2020. In 2022, she set British records in both the heats and the final at the World Championships in Eugene to finish in a prestigious sixth place. The 25-year-old returned to Europe and added a solid 4th place at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and another strong 7th place finish at the European Championships in Munich to her merit list.
“Aimee had a real breakthrough season in 2022 with impressive top 7th finishes at all major championships. Joining forces with OAC Europe allows her to work even more professionally in a very positive and focused team atmosphere. We are so excited to go the next steps on her athletic journey in close cooperation with her,” said On Athlete Partnership Manager Niklas Bühner.