Champion WA swimmer Brianna Throssell believes a strong green-and-gold focus in the Australia team’s new uniforms will add extra national pride in performances at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.
Throssell joined teams stars including Mack Horton and Emma McKeon in Sydney today as the new Speedo aquatic sports range for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was revealed.
The “Fastskin Pure Intent” range centres around hydrodynamics and the biomechanics of swimming, with three new fabrics targeting flexibility, compression and drag reduction. Speedo developed the technology by looking at how sharks and other fish reduced drag when they swam.
Throssell said the national colours were a special addition to the Speedo bathers she regularly wore.
“They are incredible and really stand out,” said Throssell, who has been on the Gold Coast for a month preparing for Tokyo.
“Seeing the Olympic logo on there and Australia’s coat of arms … they’ve really incorporated the green-and-gold into the fabric and it feels really Australian.”
Throssell said she would target 100m and 200m races in both freestyle and butterfly in next month’s 2021 Australian Swimming Trials, where the national team for Tokyo will be selected.
She said she had largely ignored the uncertainty still hovering over the Games because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
“I guess in my head I’m just telling myself it’s on until it’s not on,” she said.
“You can’t go in umming and ahhing about whether it is or isn’t going ahead and I’m fully following that black line thinking and telling myself the Olympics are going ahead no matter what. That’s my mentality and it’s not going to change until I’ve heard otherwise.
“It’s as much mental as it is physical.”