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Off the catwalk and into the sporting arena: Italian sporting giant Macron to outfit Australia for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

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Italian designers are known for their craftsmanship, flair and attention to detail. But there will be a different kind of Italian designer debuting at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

That’s because Italian sporting giant Macron will be outfitting the Australian national team, putting their twist on Australia’s colours and values for uniforms that will translate to functional excellence for almost 400 Australian athletes.

As the official competition and training wear supplier – and the first ever Official Partner of the Australian Commonwealth Games Team­ – Macron is busy creating all the gear needed to help the athletes achieve greatness in the games ahead of July 2022.

Across 500,000 garments, Macron will design and create everything from our team’s track and field shorts and singlets to bodysuits, tights and even the hockey and netball competition uniforms, including those in Australia’s Para-sport teams.

Perhaps most important of all of these will be the tracksuits our athletes wear on the medal podium. But it won’t be the first time Macron has kitted out Australian sporting greats.

The company, established in 1971 and headquartered in the heartland of Italian fashion in northern Italy, has partnerships across Australia’s sporting codes, including the AFL’s Port Adelaide, the NRL’s Parramatta Eels and A-League’s Perth Glory.

For Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips AM, the partnership with such an internationally recognised brand as Macron signified great things ahead for Australia.

“The enthusiasm Macron has already shown in the development of competition and training wear for our team in Birmingham demonstrates their commitment to ensure our athletes have everything they need to perform at their best.”

“Outfitting a team of 400 athletes, plus officials, across the 19 sports and all the different events is no easy task and Macron have shown through their long history in Europe and their work across many sporting teams and leagues, including here in Australia, their enthusiasm for working in high performance sport.”

“From our gymnasts, to weightlifters, Para-sports athletes, marathoners in athletics, team sport athletes in hockey, rugby, netball and cricket, etc, our team is a diverse a group of athletes that exists, and Macron is committed to ensuring they have the best possible performance wear for competition and training.”

While Macron’s uniform designs are currently under wraps ahead of an official unveiling in early 2022, Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM would say that, naturally, that the colours will stick to Australia’s iconic green and gold palette.

“I can’t say too much about what the competition uniforms will look like, but what I can say is that they will be green and gold…they are our colours on the international sporting field so from our team standpoint it’s a non-negotiable.”

However, she did reveal that the uniforms would be “distinctly Australian”.

For Macron’s Chief Executive Officer Gianluca Pavanello, the partnership represented yet another opportunity for Macron to support and encourage athletic excellence.

“We enjoy our partnerships with our sporting clubs in Australia’s national leagues such as the AFL, NRL and A-League, however, this will be the first time the Macron Hero Logo will be seen on the competition and training wear for a national team at a multi-sport Games.”

“It is a significant step forward for us and we look forward to providing the best possible performance wear for Australia’s best athletes.

While Australia’s 400 athletes are Macron’s top priority, the planet will not be forgotten. Macron’s ‘Macron 4 The Planet’ program aims to achieve the greatest sustainability in the company’s practices across the globe.

A key pillar of Macron 4 The Planet is the company’s Eco-Fabric, which is made from 100% recycled plastic certified by Global Recycled Standard, and it is anticipated that a proportion of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Team Australia uniforms will be made of Eco-Fabric.

An exciting step for Australia, Macron, and the planet.

Check the video on Macron 4 the Planet here.

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