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Team GB Ambassadors

Ambassadors

We've worked with Olympic Greats and current stars to understand the role a uniform plays in bringing Team GB together.

Their experience of preparing for an Olympic Games is invaluable and they all feature in our latest catalogue. Read exclusive interviews with each of them below...

Q & A

Liam

SJ HOW WOULD YOU CHOOSE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

BT Mostly chilled out, most of the time I'd rather be comfy! I like to choose a lot of basics and then accessorize from there.

SJ HAVE YOU EVER HAD A JOB THAT REQUIRED A UNIFORM?

BT No, I started gymnastics at age seven and was competing in national finals by age nine! There's never been time for a Saturday job.

SJ WHAT'S THE WORST UNIFORM YOU'VE HAD TO WEAR?

BT The gymnastics team have always been really lucky with the outfits we've been given. There's never been one I haven't liked.

SJ WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU WEREN'T AN OLYMPIAN?

BT I always wanted to be a physiotherapist, but I'm really enjoying my career now encouraging more children to get into gymnastics. I now work with 15 gyms and there are more than 1,200 kids taking part in my gymnastics programme.

SJ WHAT DO ATHLETES FEEL WHEN WEARING A TEAM GB UNIFORM?

BT I always felt really proud to wear my Team GB uniform. It's what you've worked for years to achive.

Q & A

Liam

SJ HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

LP I'm mostly in sports gear day to day because of my training schedule. I do like to dress smart on occasion and when I do I really like traditional British brands.

SJ WHAT'S THE KEY FEATURES YOU WOULD LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING CLOTHES, COMFORT, STYLE ETC?

LP Fit and comfort are the most important features to me and I don't necessarily follow fashion. The hardest thing to find is jeans thanks to all the training I do!

SJ HAVE YOU EVER HAD SATURDAY JOBS THAT REQUIRED A UNIFORM?

LP Only a very brief job as a waiter for three months!

SJ WHAT WOULD YOU BE WORKING AS IF YOU WEARN'T AN OLYMPIAN?

LP I started BMX at five so it's hard to think of doing anything else. I might have ended up working for my parents' company - but I can't really imagine doing anything else!

SJ DO YOU FEEL PROUD TO WEAR A TEAM GB UNIFORM?

LP Yes really proud and especially when I'm competing. It's a massive honour to wear the Team GB kit and represent your country.

SJ DO YOU GET RECOGNISED MORE WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR SPORTS KIT?

LP I only get recognised when I'm wearing my BMX kit so it only really happens when I'm competing!

Q & A

Liam

SJ HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

FH I'm either very casual or very smart - there's no in between! I love getting dressed up and having the chance to wear very formal dresses but during the day I'll be wearing one of my many pairs of trainers. I've got lots of clothes including three double wardrobes and a whole wall of shoes!

SJ WHAT'S THE KEY FEATURES YOU WOULD LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING CLOTHES, COMFORT, STYLE ETC.?

FH I like lots of colours in my wardrobe and I love prints and fun accessories.

SJ HAVE YOU EVER HAD SATURDAY JOBS THAT REQUIRED A UNIFORM?

FH No but I was in the Brownies and I wore the brown culottes and yellow sweatshirt that was the uniform at the time and I rocked it! I was also Sports Brownie of the Year.

SJ WHAT'S THE WORST WORK UNIFORM (OR OUTFIT) YOU'VE HAD TO WEAR?

FH I was competing at swimming internationally by the time I was 15 and it's been my full-time job ever since.

SJ WHAT WOULD YOU BE WORKING AS IF YOU WEREN'T AN OLYMPIAN?

FH I would absolutely love to own my own bar or restaurant. I really enjoy the idea of creating an amazing experience and serving food that people want to keep coming back for. When I was really young I wanted to be vet but sadly I think I'm bit too squeamish for that!

SJ DO YOU FEEL PROUD TO WEAR A TEAM GB UNIFORM?

FH Yes absolutely, it makes me feel very patriotic. The kitting out day when we go an pick it up is always really exciting and helps build the anticipation as you're fitted for all the clothes you'll wear during the event. It makes you feel proud to have made the team and excited to wear it.

SJ DO YOU GET RECOGNISED MORE WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR SPORTS KIT?

FH Yes, definitely, but most people say that they don't recognise me without the hat and goggles!

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