Australian swimwear brand, FUNKY TRUNKS, has signed British diving phenomena Daniel Goodfellow and Jack Laugher.
Funky Trunks Managing Director and founder, Duncan McLean, said the company is thrilled to have Daniel and Jack join its international team of sponsored athletes: “At Funky Trunks we are very excited to sponsor two of the best British divers that have competed on the international stage over the last decade and now to be a part of their journey towards Tokyo 2020. To have them both wearing Funky Trunks is a thrill for us especially as the brand continues to grow across the UK and Europe.”
Daniel Goodfellow, 23, has found most of his international success in the 10m synchro event, competing alongside Tom Daley to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, silver at the 2016 European Championships, and bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. More recently, he has risen in prominence as a 3m springboard diver, placing fourth individually at the 2018 European Championships and second individually at the 2019 FINA World Diving Series in London.
Jack Laugher is arguably the most successful British diver in history. Now 24 years old, he made his Commonwealth Games debut at age 15, his World Championships debut at age 16, and his Olympic debut at age 17. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, he won silver in the individual 3m springboard and gold in the synchro 3m with partner Chris Mears. This was Britain’s first ever Olympic gold in diving, earning both distinction as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Jack’s trajectory has continued upward since – in 2018 alone, he won three gold medals at Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the European Championships.
Daniel and Jack came together as a 3m springboard synchro pair last year; and they have already secured their first major international medal together, with a silver medal at the World Championships in Gwangju. This result officially qualifies Team GB for the Tokyo Olympic Games in this event, and puts the pair in an excellent position going into 2020.
“I signed with Funky Trunks because it is a fun brand,” said Goodfellow. “They make awesome gear that I can wear when I’m training and also when I’m relaxing, whether that be by the beach or just at home in my down time.” Jack chose to be a Funky Trunks sponsored athlete because “it is an exciting brand that makes excellent swimwear. I’m looking forward to getting involved with the company to help promote their range of swimwear and beachwear here in the UK.”
Since its founding in 2002, Funky Trunks has specialised in shamelessly vibrant swimwear that appeals to swimmers and divers of all levels. The Australia-based company continues to redefine how to cover a small amount of body with a large amount of colour. Funky Trunks is thrilled to welcome Daniel and Jack to the team of Funky Trunks athletes in the lead up to next year’s Olympics.
Daniel and Jack will continue to train for the 2020 Olympics at the City of Leeds Diving Club in North Yorkshire, under the guidance of Coach Adam Smallwood.