Wasserman Signs Paralympic Champions Becca Meyers & Alana Nichols
Per an article from Ben Fischer, Wasserman has expanded its presence in the Paralympic space by signing champions, Becca Meyers and Alana Nichols. Meyers, who won three swimming gold medals as an amateur last year in Rio, recently turned pro and signed an endorsement deal with Speedo. Nichols, a Paralympic veteran who became the first American to win golds in both the Winter and Summer Games, is attempting a comeback to qualify for Pyeongchang 2018 in alpine skiing.
Meyers said she chose Wasserman because of its track record in representing socially or politically active athletes. “They are also passionate about embracing different cultures and helping athletes from different sports and backgrounds make a difference,” she said.
Nichols hadn’t yet decided to pursue Pyeongchang when she signed and was looking for an agency to help her develop opportunities in speaking, commentary and writing that would extend into retirement. “Their open-mindedness in helping me develop my brand and my business as an athlete was really important to me,” Nichols said.
Dan Levy, Wasserman’s senior vice president of Olympics and women, called the Paralympics a natural extension of the agency’s emphasis on cause-driven athletes. “We started with this altruistic attitude of ‘let’s help athletes do more and we’ll follow their lead,’ but then we realized, we’re actually generating a decent amount of revenue from opportunities attached to that,” Levy said.
Lindsay Kagawa Colas, also senior vice president of Olympics and women also will work with the Paralympians.
In commercial terms, the Paralympics are still small potatoes compared to the Olympics, but opportunities have expanded rapidly this decade as brands discover that Paralympians often have compelling personal stories that resonate. Wasserman currently represents one other Paralympic athlete, two-time judo bronze medalist Dartanyon Crockett, and would like to expand the roster, Levy said.