Diadora reveals Glasgow team’s battle dress

Australia’s biggest Commonwealth Games team is almost ready to leave for Glasgow, dressed in green-and-gold.

Designed by Diadora, who make its debut as a sponsor and supplier of Australia’s Games team, the competition, training, medal presentation and village wear comprises performance-based fabrics and designs to cater for the unstable conditions in Scotland next month.

Diadora will provide more than 178 individual styles within over 46,000 total uniform items for the expected 417 strong Australian team across 18 sports, in addition to outfitting team officials and support staff taking the team to around 600.

Sport specific uniform components includes everything from track and field shorts, tights, singlets and bodysuits to home and away versions of the hockey and netball competition outfits.

Wet weather gear vital for the Scottish summer is included in the team kit, as is bright green performance footwear for every athlete. A supporters range is available.

Team chef de mission and former Commonwealth Games marathon champion Steve Moneghetti is an expert on Australian team uniforms, having competed for Australia on 28 occasions, including four Commonwealth Games.

“Fit and function are always at the top of athletes’ minds, but how it looks is also crucial,” Moneghetti says.

Managing director of Diadora Australia, Bill Tyson (pictured with team members Renae Hallinan, captain of the Adelaide Thunderbirds (left) and champion sprinter Melissa Breen), says the opportunity to outfit an Australian team at the Commonwealth Games was an honour for the company.

“We were always confident that our performance apparel will meet the requirements of Australia’s best athletes, as performance is at the heart of the Diadora ethos, but top of mind was providing competition uniforms that our Australian athletes are proud to wear – and we feel we have achieved that goal.“

• The Games open on July 23 and continue to Sunday August 3, the third time they have been held in Scotland.

Credit photographer Rob Lindblade.

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