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Rowing AustraliaMay 20, 2024 1:07:54 PM1 min read

Rowing Australia stars at the forefront of the Aussie Paralympic Team Uniform Launch

Rowing Australia’s Jed Altschwager and Al Viney were among the star athletes at the launch of the Australian Paralympic Team’s uniform for Paris 2024 in Sydney.  

This event, held on the final day of Australian Fashion Week, showcased some of the most innovatively accessible designs ever produced for an Australian Para representative team. 

Australian team co-captains Angie Ballard and Curtis McGrath led the reveal, hosted by Ellie Cole, with notable attendees including Federal Minister for Sport Anika Wells. The new uniforms, crafted by R.M.Williams and Belgravia Apparel, incorporate thoughtful modifications such as magnetic fasteners, elasticated waistbands, and zippered footwear to meet the diverse needs of athletes. 

Kate McLoughlin, Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission, praised the designs for their accessibility and the confidence they will instil in athletes. The uniforms also feature ‘The Journey’ design by Rheanna Lotter, symbolising connection and resilience. 

Altschwager and Viney modelled the new kit, while the launch included a panel on fashion, athleticism and inclusivity, emphasising the role of design in athlete empowerment. 

Altschwager is currently training in the PR3 Mix Double Scull alongside Nikki Ayers while Viney is seated in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four. Both athletes are set to start their 2024 international campaign at World Rowing Cup III (June 14-16) in Poznan, Poland.