Sailing and water sports apparel brand Zhik has been appointed as an Official Supplier to the Australian Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.
The announcement follows the company’s recent appointment as an Official Apparel Partner of Australian Sailing for the third consecutive Olympiad.
Since inception, Zhik has worked with sailors to design the best technical apparel possible.
Zhik chosen to supply the sailing team’s apparel
Zhik has official supplier links with the Australian, Danish, British, Singapore and New Zealand Sailing Teams as well as with numerous medal-winning team sailors like Australia’s Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, Matt Belcher and Will Ryan and Tom Burton.
AOC CEO Matt Carroll welcomed Zhik’s commitment, “We welcome Zhik to our prestigious line up of Team Partners and Official Suppliers. Zhik’s consistent support of young athletes, from grassroots through to world class level, helps them get the most out of their performance.”
“Zhik is a dynamic, Australian-grown brand at the forefront of performance watersports apparel and the AOC is thrilled Zhik’s innovative designs will help our Sailing Team at Tokyo 2020.”
Zhik’s reactions to this endorsement
Zhik CEO Piet Poelmann expressed gratitude to become an official supplier again. “We are delighted to be recognised as an Official Supplier to the Australian Olympic Team.”
“Zhik has a ground up approach to pushing the boundaries with garment technology in a similar way that top athletes are always seeking new ways to achieve their personal best.”
“We work closely with athletes, listening and learning as we test our proprietary materials and designs to create cutting edge, high performance gear to enhance their performance.”
Zhik will provide the Australian Sailing Team with apparel like high performance, lightweight wet-suits and technical equipment as appropriate for the sailor and boat, in addition to developing the best products to assist in the quest for medals in Tokyo.
Tokyo 2020 Laser sailor Matt Wearn provided input in the development of the new Zhik Microfleece Hikers and said he loved the design.
“They are versatile enough to sail in any condition, making them a great all rounder. It’s been great working with the Zhik team who are so invested in making the best on water clothing.”
In addition to Olympic sailing, Zhik’s technical apparel range has grown to cater for high end yachting, performance watersports as well as cross-over leisure and lifestyle clothing.