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Beyond the Bale : Oct - Nov 08
22 Textiles Beyond The Bale Olympian effort cools T down Beijing athletes Cooling vests made from Sportwool™ helped keep our athletes in the medal chase at the recent summer Olympic Games he innovative wool product Sportwool™ helped Aussie athletes keep their cool in the intense Beijing heat during the recent Olympic Games. Queensland-based company Arctic Heat (featured in Beyond the Bale’s February–March 2008 edition) was an official supplier to the Australian Olympic Team and manufactured custom-designed cooling vests and accessories to 22 Australian teams. At the same time, the Australian medical team supporting the Australian Olympians carried Arctic Heat cooling kits for the first time. Arctic Heat also supplied 200 custom designed neckties, which were used as supplementary cooling aids. Arctic Heat managing director Shane Williams says the teams were highly complimentary about the value they gained from the wool-based gear. “The vests were well suited to the humid conditions because of their flexibility,” Shane says. “A feature of the vest is that it doesn’t require mechanical means to cool it. They can be kept cool all day by simply placing in cold or iced water, which makes them ideal for many outdoor venues.” The vests featured a vibrant green and gold design with the boxing kangaroo on the back. All vests were lined with Sportwool™, which helps regulate body temperature. The unique vapour moisture management found in Sportwool™ allows wearers to feel cooler for longer. The garment feels dry to touch and doesn’t leave the skin feeling clammy. Its wicking properties move the sweat away from the skin and the natural micro-climate it creates reduces post-exercise chill. “Clothing that cannot manage vapour will cause a build up of liquid sweat on your skin, leaving you feeling clammy and uncomfortable and exposed to the risk of post-exercise chill,” Shane says. “At the same time, the vests help manage blood supply to the muscles, which aids fast and effective recovery.” However, it was not just the Aussies who benefited from the cooling vests in Beijing. Arctic Heat also supplied them to teams from the US, several European nations and South Africa – making them the most popular body-cooling vest at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Arctic Heat supplies cooling vests lined with Sportwool™ for industrial, military, sporting and medicinal uses around the world. ú More information: www.arcticheat.com.au T he annual Oxfam Trailwalker in Sydney in August saw 500 teams of four people walk 100 kilometres from Sydney Harbour through rough bushland to Brooklyn beside the Hawkesbury river – in less than 48 hours. This year, two wool-industry teams undertook the challenging walk wearing Australian Merino wool garments. A team from the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) – ‘AWEX red Island’ (Mark Grave, Kerry Hansford, Kerryn Wheeler, lionel Plunkett) – wore red Island Merino baselayer or tops during the event. AWEX CEO Mark Grave wore his Merino garment for the entire distance and says he found it great to walk in. “It was important to our team that we made this an opportunity to support an Australian Merino product and prove to ourselves and everybody that Merino not only lives up to its reputation, it surpasses it!” Mark says. “I found it incredibly comfortable during the heat of the day and cold, damp night.” A CrT team – ‘dullili’ (Greg O’Neil, Fiona Cunningham, Karen Haddon, and Vidette and Andrew Gorvin-White) – wore driza-Bone® Merino apparel in their training and the main event. Greg O’Neil, general manager of CrT, says that all of his team loved the gear. “We found it to be very lightweight, but warm during the cold night, Arctic Heat CEO Shane Williams. and were very impressed with how the wool garments ‘breathed’ and how comfortable they were,” Greg says. “during the day the weather was warmer and again the comfort level was great, with sweat taken away from the body.” AWI has provided the red Island and driza-Bone® brands with support in the development of their Merino apparel ranges. Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the world’s toughest team challenges. The task is to walk across 100km of Australian bush in less than 48 hours. Impressively, both the AWEX and CrT teams took just over 33 hours to complete the event. The event raises funds to help Oxfam Australia support disadvantaged communities overseas and in Australia. The Oxfam Trailwalker event in Sydney this year raised nearly $2.5 million. PHOTOS: BrAd COllIS ú Wool walks the walk, and lives up to the talk (Above) Team CRT in Driza-Bone® Merino gear (from left): Vidette Gorvin-White, Andrew Gorvin-White, Fiona Cunningham, Karen Haddon and Greg O’Neil. (Below) Team AWEX wearing Red Island Merino (from left): Lionel Plunkett, Kerryn Wheeler, Mark Grave and Kerry Hansford.
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