Children across Great Britain are being given the opportunity to add their messages of good luck to Team GB’s suits for the Olympic Games via a new competition.
Simon Jersey, the official supplier to Team GB, launched the#myOlympicwish competition at its Accrington office along with gymnast Beth Tweddle and children from Altham Primary School.
The winning messages of support will be woven into the lining of the suits designed by Simon Jersey. Athletes will wear the suits to all formal events in Rio and the UK. This will include the Team GB Reception which will be hosted in Rio in advance of the Opening Ceremony.
Ms Tweddle, who competed in three Olympic Games will use her experience of preparing for the event will help judge the entries alongside Simon Jersey and Team GB officials.
She said: “As an athlete, particularly at an away Games – it gives you a huge boost to know that the nation is behind you and having the messages inside the suits will make sure athletes feel the support of everyone back home.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what young people come up with and the good wishes that will help inspire our team.”
Children who write a winning message will receive a framed sample of the finished fabric, plus the chance to meet the athletes wearing the finished suits next year.
Simon Jersey is supplying both the formal suit and the clothing for the Closing Ceremony of Rio 2016. The final design is set to be unveiled early in 2016.
James Saunders, Simon Jersey managing director, said: “We really wanted young people to be able to contribute to the design of the suits and to let the athletes know they’re supporting them.
“From urging athletes to run faster to letting them know how much support they have at home, we’d like to include wishes that show the enthusiasm of the nation’s youth. We’ll include as many messages as we can in the lining of the suits which will be unveiled early in 2016.”
The competition is open to young people aged 16 or under, with the permission of a parent or guardian.
To send their message of support, in 20 words or less, the applicants should visit simonjersey.com/myolympicwish and submit before 23:59pm on Friday, May 1 2015.