Olympic International has signed a two-year partnership with the South African Hockey Association and South African Schools Netball. According to Stuart Hopwood, Group Head of Marketing at Bolton Footwear, Olympic International will become the official footwear partner of these two disciplines. Says Hopwood: “We need to grow awareness around the improved technical capabilities of our sports shoes specifically for hockey and netball. And there is no better way to raise this awareness than amongst the top athletes who use them.”
Both the hockey shoes and netball shoes have a Strobel sock which allows for flexibility and comfort. The removable inner sock is made of comfort EVA with memory foam and gel pads on the heel as well as for part, adding to its comfort. The lace locking eyelets prevent the toes from hitting the front of the shoe in jarring movements offering toe protection. The upper is made from breathable mesh and durable sports PU making the shoe light and comfortable, and the sole is lightweight Phylon with a durable rubber outsole that has a tread designed to offer maximum grip on playing surfaces.
Hopwood continues: “Both hockey and netball are exhilarating and intense sports and place a lot of pressure on your knees and ankles. You need the perfect fit to perform at your best. Our newly launched Blast for netball is designed for comfort and support in all the right places. They’re sturdy, supportive and provide vital support when changing direction and moving horizontally.
“The Sweeper Hockey is specifically designed for field hockey. Not only is the synthetic upper trendy, but it’s also flexible and water resistant. Designed with a stabiliser feature, these shoes will make you more agile on the field. The Sweeper Hockey promises to protect you from the ball and from dragging with a protected area around the toe. With this shoe, you won’t miss any of the action!”
Hopwood concludes: “Both these shoes will be tested by some of the country’s best hockey and netball players and we look forward to their feedback and recommendations. We’d like to thank the South African Hockey Association and South African Schools Netball for putting their trust in our brand and look forward to working with them closely over the next two years!”
The Blast is available in sizes 3 to 8 at the suggested retail price of R645 and the Sweeper Hockey in sizes 6 to 11, at the suggested retail price of R845. Both are available at selected leading retailers countrywide.