The style is a bit breathless, i.e., a high level of hype with very little about the technology, but it features an interesting partnership in the world of sport and a nanotechnology-enabled product (from an Oct. 7, 2014 news item on Azonano; Note: A link has been removed),
Shirin Gerami’s story is one which will go down in history. Shirin is the first Iranian female to represent her country in a triathlon and is paving the way for setting gender equality both in Iran and across the world.
In order to race for Iran, it was essential that Shirin respected the rules of her country, and raced in clothes that covered her body and hair. It was necessary to design clothes those both adhered to these conditions, whilst ensuring her performance was not affected.
An Oct. 7, 2014 P2i press release, which originated the news item, goes on to describe it role in Shirin Gerami athletic career,
Previously, waterproof fabrics Shirin had tried were uncomfortable, lacked breathability and slowed down her performance. Shirin contacted P2i upon hearing of the liquid repellent qualities of our patented nano-technology. Our nano-technology, a thousand times thinner than a human hair, has no effect on the look or feel of a product. This means we can achieve the highest levels of water repellency without affecting the quality of a fabric. A P2i coating on the kit meant it was water repellent whilst remaining highly breathable and light – essential when trying to remain as streamlined as possible!
Here’s a picture of Gerami wearing her new gear at a recently held triathlete event held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,The press release describes her first experience with her P2i-enabled running gear (Note: A link has been removed),
Shirin only received approval for her race kit from the Iranian government days before the race, so it was quite literally a race to the starting line. Consequently, Shirin did not have time to test the P2i coated kit before she began the World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada. Shirin explains, ‘I cannot tell you how relieved and happy I am that the coating worked exactly as I hoped it would. It was bone dry when I took my wetsuit off!’
I believe Gerami is using the term ‘wetsuit’ as a way of identifying the kit’s skintight properties similar to the ‘wetsuits’ that divers wear.
The press release concludes (Note: A link has been removed),
This is just the beginning of Shirin’s inspirational journey. She excitedly told us, ‘I believe that because of the amazing knowledge, technology and, most importantly, the incredible people around me, a solution will be found for sportswear which offer covering at no athletic disadvantage. I sincerely hope these clothes will make sports more accessible to any lady who prefers sportswear that offers a degree of covering for whatever personal reason they may have: comfort, confidence, modesty or beliefs. The athlete goes on, ‘I cannot thank P2i enough for giving me this opportunity and for sticking by me despite the many challenges along the way’.
P2i is honoured to have played a role in Shirin’s truly remarkable journey and look forward to a future working relationship. Following on from P2i’s partnership with UK Sport to help protect cycling and sailing equipment and accessories, we are delighted to see our cutting-edge technology being used in the professional sporting world. The range of uses of our nano-technology is immense, ranging from coating the sportswear of people like Shirin, coating millions of smartphones, to protecting over 60% of the world’s hearing aids. The possibilities are endless.
You can find out more about UK-based P2i on its website. I was not able to find more information about its products designed for use in sports gear but was able to find a May 11, 2012 press release about its partnership with UK Sport.
As for the Aug. 25 – Sept. 1, 2014 TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final where Gerami tested her suit, you can find out more about the event here (scroll down).