Goldcoast Volunteers Uniform
Hard Yakka, owned by our parent company Workwear Group in Australia, have recently unveiled their uniform for the volunteers of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Using the latest innovation and new technologies, Hard Yakka have designed durable workwear suitable for the Gold Coast climate during the event held in April 2018. Recognised across Australia, Hard Yakka’s literal translation is ‘hard work’ and it’s this attribute the team embodied to create the uniforms.
With a proud history of supporting multi-sport events, Hard Yakka drew on its experience outfitting the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games volunteers and created a uniform that not only fills each volunteer with pride, but also equips them to assist 1.5 million spectators and oversee sporting events at 18 competition venues.
“Our business has had a long and distinguished history in developing customised uniforms to suit the unique and demanding needs of the people who work behind the scenes at major sporting events,”
Doug Swan, General Manager of Workwear Group which includes the Hard Yakka business.
Training for the thousands of staff, volunteers and some contractors officially started on Saturday, with the Games uniforms unveiled as part of the Workforce Orientation Weekend. The uniform, developed by Hard Yakka, was unveiled during the first session and just like the venue of the Gold Coast, the uniforms are bright, bold and reflect the relaxed feel of the Coast. The games mascot Borobi was also given his own bespoke polo shirt to match that of the workforce.
“Hard Yakka have done a terrific job”
GOLDOC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said the workforce uniform is one of the Games most visual elements.
“The uniform launch is a highly anticipated occasion in any Games campaign. Hard Yakka have done a terrific job to design and produce some 200,000 items which will stand out amongst a crowd. I’m looking forward to seeing our Games Shapers wear them with pride,” Mr Peters said.
Maria Italiano from Official Uniform Supplier, Hard Yakka said “These Aussie heroes will wear a unique uniform range reflecting the Gold Coast’s distinctively bold, bright and beautiful style combined with a number of practical features adapted for the Queensland heat. Because it bears the Hard Yakka brand, these uniforms will stand the test of endurance and keep the Games Shapers looking great no matter how hard they’re working.”
- Over 200,000 pieces of individual clothing designed and developed by Hard Yakka
- The rain jackets have a hidden hood
- The uniform has a distinctively bold, bright and beautiful style that reflects the Gold Coast
- All fabrics are breathable and lightweight with anti-microbial performance, perfect for the Queensland climate
- Uniforms include a ‘Label of Gratitude’ which is a personal message to the wearer from the Governor General
- The tote bag is made from recycled materials – practical AND good for the environment
- Design elements on the uniform feature a First Australian print which forms part of the lead motif created to support initiatives in the GC2018 Reconciliation Action Plan
- GC2018 acknowledges the lead Indigenous artist and designer Jenna Lee, a proud Larrakia woman based in Brisbane
- The polo has a loop on the front tab to hold sunglasses
- Trousers fabric is lightweight with a quick dry finish
- The trousers can be worn long or zipped off as shorts
- Cancer Council Queensland has endorsed the Games Shaper uniform as SunSmart
- All fabrics are rated UPF 50+ and the uniform complies with the Australian and New Zealand Standard for Sun Protective Clothing, in addition to meeting QLD Health’s Sun Safety Policy for Mass Gatherings
- The Panama style hat has a UPF 50+ rating
- In total the uniform components can fill 12 shipping containers full of clothing!
- 20,000 kilometres of thread was used to stitch the all the garments together. If stretched out in a line this would reach half way across the earth’s circumference
- 300,000 square metres of fabric was used.
- 400,000 buttons were used in the making of the uniforms
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