Commonwealth Games Australia today unveiled the Speedo swimwear to be worn by Australian athletes in the swimming and diving competitions at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Speedo has been the choice of the Commonwealth Games team for many generations and it will once again be the choice as the team competes for gold in the pool on the Gold Coast in April.
In front of swimming fans at the Queensland Swimming Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Speedo ambassadors and Commonwealth Games gold medalists Emma McKeon, Mack Horton, Cam McEvoy, Brit Elmslie, along with Jake Packard all lined up in their unique Australian Fastskin “racing togs”. Speedo’s Fastskin race suits have been worn by more medalists than any other suit.
Joining them were Australian divers and 2014 Commonwealth Games medalists Maddison Keeney and Domonic Bedggood along with up and coming swim stars Clyde Lewis and Minna Atherton who were wearing the diving and training swimwear also designed for the Australian Commonwealth Games team.
Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips said:
“Speedo and the Australian Commonwealth Games team have a long history of success together. Speedo swimwear has been worn to success by so many Australian athletes in the pool at Commonwealth Games,” he said.
“We look forward to that success continuing at Gold Coast 2018, with memorable performances from our swimming and diving teams.
“The Speedo team has done a wonderful job creating a uniquely Australian design that our athletes can wear proudly in front of a passionate home crowd,” Phillips said.
Tahnee McIlwraith, Head of Design Speedo Pacific said:
“The Speedo design team always feel excited and privileged to work on the athlete swimwear range for the Commonwealth Games.
“With the 2018 Games being hosted on the beautiful Gold Coast we wanted to do something particularly striking for the team. Whilst Green and Gold can be tricky colours to work with when designing swimwear, this range is influenced by Speedo’s striking Implode print, the high definition digital print of a solar burst.
“Working through a gradient of green and yellow it reaches an intense white center which represents the strength of the Australian sun and the refraction of sunlight through water. Throughout the design process the top objective is to ensure our athletes look good and feel good whilst proudly showcasing our countries colours on home soil,” McIlwraith said.
Australians will also be able to swim in the exclusive Aussie colours as Speedo release a limited edition Replica range of team swimwear, which will be available from February at selected retailers and online.
Graham Eyres, Brand Manager Speedo Pacific, said:
“We are really excited that the Commonwealth Games will be in Australia in our 90th birthday year.
“It’s Speedo’s mission to inspire all Australians to swim and grow the sport of swimming, and we are proud to support the athletes in the 2018 Commonwealth Game team who we are sure will inspire the nation,” Eyres said.
Mack Horton, Speedo Ambassador, Olympic and Commonwealth Medalist said:
“It’s always great to swim in the green and gold and Speedo consistently creates swimwear for us to feel great and swim our best in. I can’t wait to see Aussies winning gold in these suits at the games next year”.
Emma McKeon, Speedo Ambassador, Olympic and Commonwealth Medalist said:
“The solar burst design is perfect for a games in Queensland the Sunshine state. I really like that the training suit design is also part of a replica range so that all swimmers can wear the same as their favorite Aussie athlete just like they can with their favorite team sports”.
Speedo will also be supporting the 2018 Commonwealth Games with swimwear and equipment for the delivery of the aquatic program.