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Posted by: Speedo Australia on 12/28/2016

Dolphins take off their Speedos

Dolphins take off their Speedos

After more than 50 years, Swimming Australia and Speedo have announced that their long-standing partnership will end and a new partner will be announced soon.

Speedo and the Australian Swim Team first officially joined forces at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, where heroes Dawn Fraser, Murray Rose, and Jon Henricks led Australia to win eight gold medals, but had supplied suits to Australian Olympic swimmers going back to the 1920s.

Speedo has continued to be a part of so many historical moments with recent stars Eamon Sullivan, Libby Trickett, Leisel Jones and Stephanie Rice.

Swimming Australia chief executive Mark Anderson says, “ We are forever thankful for Speedo’s commitment to the sport and to our organisation.

Brand Manager at Speedo Australia Graham Eyres said: “It has been a privilege to have been a partner of Swimming Australia for many, many years. Originally an Australian company, now owned by Pentland in the UK, Speedo celebrated its 85th birthday in 2013.

“While the direct sponsorship has finished, we will still be supporting the swim team through the next three Olympics and we will also continue to be inspiring people to swim by promoting participation in swimming for everyone.”

Says Eyres, Speedo will continue to invest in the sport of swimming from grass roots to elite level and for everyday swimmers and continue to sponsor several of our swim stars personally, including current Dolphins Mack Horton (pictured with Rio gold medal), Cam McEvoy and Emma and David McKeon.

Speedo has sponsored the USA and British swim teams over the years but  currently US brand Tyr sponsors the British team and Arena the USA team.

Speedo recently signed Australian Surf Lifesaving and IronMan star Kendrick Louis, moving into that category for the first time in a decade.