Shirt, Games Force uniform, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, cotton, designed and made by Gloster, Australia, 2000
This white, short-sleeved business shirt was made by Gloster as part of the uniform for boxing officials at the Sydney Olympic Games. It was worn with black pants, a belt and bow tie. Boxing officials were part of the larger team of Technical Officials and part of Games Force 2000 - the accredited workforce that provided skilled and unskilled labour at the Sydney 2000 Games. In this role, they received the black and white uniform as well as a business uniform with drill pants, shirt, tie and blazer.
Preceding each Olympiad is a period of meticulous preparation that includes assembling a team of Technical Officials to preside over Olympic events. Drawn from around the world, this team officiates with impartiality and ensures that a spirit of sportsmanship governs the Games. On 15 August 2000, SOCOG welcomed its team of Technical Officials into the Olympic Family and, in collaboration with the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affaires, wavered visa requisites for all Technical Officials.
Ten university colleges were selected and serviced to form the Technical Officials Village that accommodated visiting Officials. Here, meals, tourist information, reception services, concierge and laundry services, and leisure facilities were available. Team members also received complimentary transport to and from Olympic Park, and a living allowance of around $75 each day.
At Olympic Park itself, Officials occupied the Technical Officials Lounge (TOL) for meals, short breaks and to watch the day's events on television. This was also the venue at which Commemorative Medals and Diplomas were awarded to Technical Officials midway through the Games.
The Uniform Distribution and Accreditation Centre (UDAC) distributed the Technical Official uniforms in the weeks leading up to the Games. The Centre was also responsible for making uniform alterations, and for validating and distributing accreditation cards that entitled access to Olympic venues and to fields of play.
Designed by Bonds, Australia
Made in Australia by Bonds, 2000
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.