30th July 2012
World record for the green and gold
The weekend was a big one for CommBank and supporters of the Australian Olympic Team … we set a world record for the most supporters in the same team uniform in one photo!!!
The green and gold kit
We started the day at the Australian Olympic Team uniform distribution centre. The place was amazing, rows and rows of shelves filled with shoes, swimmers, competition uniforms, blazers, bags, towels, caps – a very carefully planned operation and with 410 athletes, plus team administrators to fit-out, it needs to be! While we were there the synchronised swimming team were being fitted and they looked fantastic in the new flashy green and gold gear.
We got to see an inconic Olympic blazer, the emblem that you are one of a select group to represent your country at an Olympics. And to remind athletes of the great honour, on the lining of the blazer are printed the names of gold medal winners from all the Olympics. Pride is tailored into every jacket.
Your number is up
We also met Mark, who has the very important job of applying names and numbers to all the competition clothing. There are no mum’s here with the ironing board pressing on big black numbers and getting them stuck and crumpled under the steam of the hot iron. Mark is a perfectionist and he has to be – it’s an IOC regulation that numbers and letters must be a certain size and location on each garment. And most importantly, they can’t fall off!
Setting a record
After that we went onto Clapham Common and the Windmill Hotel, where we set our new world record in spectacular style! Check out the photo. In all, 935 Aussie supporters dressed in Commbank CAN uniforms were in the shot, which was a great show of support for our Aussie athletes, from supporters here in London! Thanks to all who participated!
Inside the team camp with Kim Mickle
Finally, I spoke to javelin thrower Kim Mickle, one of our Commbank Olympic ambassadors about what it’s been like to be with the team in the camp.
“I’ve been in Europe since the 20th of June doing some comps and training, which has been going to plan. On Friday, the athletes who were chosen to go to the Opening ceremony (which included me) headed to London around 5pm to have some dinner and then get to the stadium. The Aussie team got in around 10pm for our part so the night was a late one but since my competition isn’t for ten days after, it doesn’t really matter :) I absolutely can’t wait for it all to start!!!”
Watch Kim Mickle in action here – that girl can sure shoot a hoop!