Triathlon Australia notes that it holds a special place in the annals of the sport around the world – a country that has played such a huge part in developing triathlon in its journey from suburban beachside streets to Olympic cities Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, Rio and now Tokyo.’
The national governing body notes that the sport ‘started out with boys wearing a pair of swimming trunks and the girls a one-piece swimsuit.’ With apparel choices evolving over the years, Triathlon Australia has now unveiled streamlined hi-tech Scody one piece race suits for its competing athletes.
Triathlon Australia’s official suit manufacturer Scody has produced what is believed to be a first in Australian sport – the latest competition suit that has the names of every Australian elite world, Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion – across all disciplines – printed into the material of the suit.
It is also seen as fitting that the launch featured members of the Australian teams who will debut the suits in Saturday’s WTS and WPS races on the Gold Coast – which will also act as the first selection races for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Attending the launch were two of the legends of triathlon in Australia whose names figure prominently on the suits – Olympic and three-time world champion Emma Snowsill (Frodeno) and Olympic silver medallist and two-time ITU World Champion Michellie Jones – who will again act as Paralympic gold medallist Katie Kelly’s guide on Saturday.
“There is something so special about wearing the green and gold; there are only a rare few people that get to do that, so every time you do it’s something to be proud of,” said Emma Frodeno.
Michellie Jones added, “I’m just so proud to still be racing for Australia and being a guide to Katie Kelly, helping her dreams come true. We have such a rich history in this sport and for it to be displayed on our uniforms is really special.”
The suit design features traditional Australia colours and the names run together as a horizontal design element and ‘from a distance represent Triathlon Australia as a whole but up close are recognisable as individual achievements’.
“Triathlon Australia wanted a fresh start – a new Olympic quadrennium, with new athletes, a new High Performance team – a perfect time to reflect on its brand and the meaning of our logo,” said Triathlon’s CEO and former two-time world champion Miles Stewart (who also features on the suit).
“They are designed to reflect the proud history of our country in this sport while also reflecting on a new era and resurgence as a dominant country. It had to be traditional yet modern design – adding a touch of ‘bling’ instead of yellow – so we thought let’s make it gold.”
He continued, “The end products are new suits that are very special indeed – collectors’ items that will change every year depending on how many new champions we crown.”
Triathlon Australia noted that apparel specialist Scody interpreted the brief as a design that would:
- Recognise past achievements while at the same time encourage and inspire future achievements;
- Recognise the role that past athletes have played in creating the future for current athletes;
- Represent all triathlon disciplines;
- Be inclusive and show Triathlon Australia as one team;
- Preserve a link with tradition as well as;
- Being new.
The finished product is inclusive and aims to represent all triathlon disciplines and categories at an elite level in a design that:
- Reflects achievement and winning and recognises the individuals who have contributed to Triathlon Australia;
- Stimulates current and future athletes to draw on past achievements as inspiration for future achievements;
- Lets current athletes reflect on their role in creating history;
- Can be kept up to date with new achievements.
“The suit recognizes the role our past champions have played in creating the sport as it is today and provides our current athletes with a symbol of support from past champions,” said Scody National Account Manager Simon Davies.
“When our current athletes wear the suit we hope they will reflect on a proud tradition that they are now responsible for perpetuating.”
World Triathlon Series
Ryan Bailie Emma Jackson
Ryan Fisher Ashleigh Gentle
Jake Birtwhistle Charlotte McShane
Declan Wilson Emma Jeffcoat
Luke Willian Tamsyn Moana Veale
Marcel Walkington Natalie Van Coevorden
Matt Baker Gillian Backhouse
Drew Box Jaz Hedgeland
World Paratriathlon Series
PTHC: Nic Beveridge, Bill Chaffey, Scott Crowley, Sara Tait, Emily Tapp (Commonwealth Games category)
PT2: Brant Garvey, Glen Jarvis
PT4: Justin Godfrey, Kerryn Harvey, Clint Pickin, Sally Pilbeam
PT5: Kate Doughty, Josh Kassulke
PTVI: Jonathan Goerlach/Luke Whitmore, Gerrard Gosens/Dmitri Simons, Katie Kelly/Michellie Jones