Necktie, Games Force uniform, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, polyester, designed by Davenport 1995, made in Australia, 2000
This is an example of the neckties that were part of the men's business uniform for Games Force 2000 - the accredited workforce of volunteers, contracted staff and paid staff that provided skilled and unskilled labour for the Sydney 2000 Games. Within Games Force 2000, Games Services assisted at sports and media venues, worked at the Athletes Village and accreditation centres, and provided translation services and technical support. Its protocol advisors and senior managers were key personnel to wear these business uniforms.
Made by Davenport, the polyester tie features the Sydney 2000 Games logo, a configuration of three boomerangs that represent a human figure. The tie was worn in conjunction with a blue business shirt, beige trousers, a dark blue blazer and black shoes. The Australian clothing company, Bonds, designed the business uniform as well as the range of casual uniforms for Games Force 2000.
Comprising around 80,000 volunteers, contracted staff and paid staff, Games Force 2000 provided the most visible and some of the most essential services at the Games. In return, members received complimentary transport to and from Sydney 2000 venues, complimentary meals when on duty, and a complete Games Force uniform.
The Games Force business uniform was designed in 1999 by Wendy Paulucci at Bonds. These uniforms, which were neat, comfortable and inexpensive, were designed for senior managers and protocol advisors of Games Force 2000. The tie itself illustrates the Sydney 2000 Games logo that was designed in 1998 by FHA Design Limited.
The Australian company, Davenport, made the polyester tie in 2000.
Though this tie is unused, it is identical to those that the managers and protocol advisors for Games Force 2000 wore during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games.