Speedo has today unveiled its exclusive aquatic sports uniform range for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and Olympic Games – with a parade of champions headlining the launch at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre today.
Paralympians Ellie Cole, Brenden Hall, Tiffany Thomas Kane, along with Kiera Stephens and Col Pearse aiming for their first Paralympics this year, joined a host of able-bodied athletes from across all aquatic sports disciplines who will line up in Tokyo in Speedo’s innovative competition racing and training suits.
The pool competition wear features Speedo’s latest tech race suits; Fastskin Pure Intent and Fastskin Pure Valor, both designed to combine 20 years of pioneering performance with innovative new technologies and new fabrics to make the perfect suit for every type of competitive aquatics athlete.
For the Tokyo Paralympics and Olympics, Speedo has returned to nature to look at how sharks and other fish reduce drag when they swim. Some of the world’s leading research institutions have looked not only at the skin features of fish in existence now, but also at the ancestors of modern day sharks, that have long been extinct.
Speedo has also worked with the Natural History Museum in London as well as with partners in other industries, including Formula 1, with the latest Fastskin suits, the smartest to date.
The Fastskin Pure Intent is designed around a deeper understanding of hydrodynamics and the biomechanics of swimming, with its flexible zoned compression, giving the swimmer a wider range of motion in the legs and making it easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. There are three brand new fabrics which directly target flexibility, compression and drag reduction in the areas that need it.
The Fastskin Pure Valor is Speedo’s most lightweight technical swimsuit and features moderate compression along with bonded seams for comfort and speed.
Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Brenden Hall said: “Speedo has always been at the forefront of swimsuit technology and an important part of my medal winning performances at the Games. I know I can swim my best in Fastskin.”
Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin, said: “Our Paralympians know when they put on the green and gold Speedos they are ready to perform for Australia. The Paralympic swimwear also incorporates our unique indigenous design, The Journey, depicting the genesis of the Paralympic family and how far we’ve all come together. I know it will be worn with pride.”
McLoughlin said the inclusion of the Australian Paralympic Team’s unique indigenous design, known as the Journey, brings an extra special attribute to the swimwear.
“Paralympics Australian extends our warm thanks to Speedo for embracing our vision for this uniform,” McLoughlin said.
“In 2016, our athletes were honoured to wear our uniform that celebrated Indigenous Australia’s rich history and culture, and for Tokyo, we wanted to make the feature more prominent and for the meaning to make a bigger impact on our Team.
“It is very excited to be able to share it today and of course, we are incredibly proud to be able to showcase this uniform on the global stage later this year.
Speedo Brand Manager, Graham Eyres, said Speedo was excited and proud to be revealing the Tokyo outfits.
“Speedo is part of the Aussie DNA and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games we will all be inspired by the stories, strength and determination of our nation’s athletes, “Eyres said.
“With that inspiration we want to encourage all Aussies to make waves in their own way, by participating in an aquatic sport and do a really Aussie thing – just have a go in a Speedo.”
Posted: 13 May 2021