FORGET the trusty old blazer.
The Australian Commonwealth Games Team will be wearing retro knitted jumpers and chunky scarves when they stride into Glasgow’s Celtic Park stadium for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony next month.
The Commonwealth Games Association unveiled the new uniforms on Glasgow Street in Melbourne on Wednesday, with the help of Australian athletes Bianca Chatfield, Mack Horton, Belinda Hocking, Grant Nel, Jeff Riseley, Brooke Stratton, Sarah Cardwell and chef de mission Steve Moneghetti.
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The dress uniform comprises of a unisex hooded rainforest green jacket, complete with wattle piping, and grey gum chino pants and volley shoes. Female team members will also receive a rainforest green inverted pleat skirt with a wattle hem band.
Male and female athletes will each receive fitted white dress shirts with coloured trims, and separate green and gold long and short sleeve polo shirts with side colour panelling.
Athletes will also be provided with a woollen scarf and a ribbed neckline pullover with radical thumb loops in the sleeve to keep warm in the cooler Scottish evening temperatures.
The Association describes the uniforms as “modern, youthful and chic”, but the apparel has been receiving mixed responses on the Australian Commonwealth Games Team’s Facebook page.
Erica Morrissey: “Jackets and skirt ridiculous. The jumper looks like something my Nana whipped up. Not a fan.”
Rosalie Brady: “What’s with the collars? What a wasted of material. I can’t believe what we make out athlese wear after all their hard work.”
Ang Lea: “I think they look great – edgy and mush more youthful in design than what has been created for previous teams.”
Meg Jay: “I really love it! It’s modern, casual and I think it’s great to see something different. It’s an outfit that can be worn all throughout the games. Go Aussies!”
The Australian Commonwealth Games Association linked with Australian Defence Apparel to produce the uniform which will be worn by more than 400 athletes in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.
What are your thoughts on the Australian Commonwealth Games uniform? Love it or hate it?