“We hope to see the uniform standing proud on the podiums in Tokyo in July.”
The designs were eye-catching and certainly saw the athletes take great pride in sporting them. But what was more significant was the Indigenous training shirt - designed by Australian boxer Paul Fleming - which will make its Olympic debut for the first time. Titled “Walking Together”, the shirt features 52 footsteps, indicative of the 52 Indigenous athletes who have competed for Australia at an Olympic level. The Australian Olympic Committee commissioned the Indigenous artist and former Olympic boxer to develop the artwork, with the athletic apparel company ASICS supplying the materials.
Also featured in the uniform unveiling was the first sport climbing design, modelled by Tom O’Halloran who will be representing Australia in the sport’s Olympic debut. Rugby 7s athlete Charlotte Caslick said “We’ve been working towards the Tokyo Games for five years now and we’re excited to finally take our preparations into what is the pinnacle sporting event in the world. We’ve made it through a few obstacles to get to this point but we’ve been training hard and we have a uniform that will allow us to perform at our best.”
Australian Olympic Committee Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said: “[The design] is absolutely world-class, it’s maximised the performance, and it also looks terrific.”
He added, “There will be millions of people cheering and watching back home for our athletes, and I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to see our team looking so good.”