Crew uniform and tote bag, Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch relay, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, cotton / polyester, designed and made by Bonds, Sydney, c.2000
The Sydney 2000 Olympic torch relay was the longest torch relay in Olympic history, and it required a crew of 130 personnel to provide essential daily services that ranged from first aid and security to assembling stages for community celebrations. In early 1999, the Australian company, Bonds, designed and manufactured the uniform that identified the torch relay crew.
The neat yet casual uniform suited the practical requirements of the torch relay, including physical work and continual travel. It contained either beige trousers or a beige skirt, three dark blue polo shirts with varying collars and sleeves, a hip bag, cap, rugby jumper, socks, shorts and a long-sleeved fleece. A dark blue waterproof jacket was supplied by the Australian company, Driza-bone.
Before the relay, each crew member received an individual number that appeared on all their clothing and standard issue tote bag. The system helped crew members identify their clothing and other belongings, particularly when local hotels and laundromats returned the crew laundry.
This is an unused and incomplete example of the clothing and luggage that was issued to the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch relay crew. It includes beige pants, three polo shirts with varying sleeves and collars, three pairs of socks, a cap, rugby jumper, hip bag and tote bag with detachable back pack. Aside from the hip bag, Bonds designed and made all of these components in late 1999. The clothing features coloured and appliquÂ?d torch relay logos, while the tote bag features the number '166' in silver paint. (If used, this bag would have been assigned to the 166th member of the torch relay crew.)
This uniform is a record of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch Relay, and the personnel who served at the event. Through its colour palette and logos, it represents the corporate image that defined and promoted the Torch Relay, and contributes to other torch relay material in the Sydney 2000 Games Collection.
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.