Gold medals and world records are one step closer for the Australian Para-Cycling squad with leading cycling apparel manufacturer Scody set to produce the team performance gear for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In the first announcement of official Paralympic apparel suppliers for London, the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) is excited by what its partnership with Scody can offer to one of Australia’s highest medalling Paralympic sports.
APC Chief Executive Jason Hellwig said Scody’s support signals a positive start to the Australian Paralympic cycling squad’s preparations for London.
“Cycling is one of our best performing sports and Scody has an important role to play in delivering quality performance wear for Australia’s best Paralympic cyclists,” said Hellwig.
“Having Scody on board at this crucial time in our London 2012 Games preparations is ideal for ensuring the team performance gear is perfect for London.”
Over the next two years, the partnership will see the Australian Para-Cycling team compete at major national and international competitions in Scody high performance cycling gear, including the UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Italy in March, and the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Sydney in May.
Bernard Schreiber, Scody Managing Director said Scody was proud to produce Australian made clothing for the Australian Paralympic Team.
“For Scody to provide clothing for athletes who are the best in Australia is truly a privilege. The Australian team will have the best technical clothing available anywhere in the world and it will be made in Australia,” Schreiber said.
“Each garment is engineered for performance by combining many intricate enhancements which are based on both technical testing and on feedback from elite athletes who push themselves to the limit.”
At the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008, the Australian Para-Cycling team won three gold, five silver and seven bronze medals on the track and road. With athletes such as multiple Paralympic and World Champion Michael Gallagher, Beijing bronze medallist Jayme Paris and world record holder Susan Powell on track for London, the team is looming as the one to watch when the Games begin.
“The APC helps fund and support Cycling Australia’s Para-cycling program which has improved significantly since Beijing in 2008. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Cycling Australia and we’re confident the team will perform to their best in London,” Hellwig said.