INWED21: Technology behind performance sportswear soon overtook interest in design

INWED21: Technology behind performance sportswear soon overtook interest in design

24 June 2021

Hannah Greenshield, aged 24, is a Product Developer for Vorteq Sports which specialises in performance sportswear for elite athletes, including some who will be competing in this summer’s Olympic Games.

The athletes represent many nations’ cycling teams competing in Tokyo this summer and Hannah has already seen her work behind the scenes paying off with improvements on the track in a number of events.

“It’s really rewarding to see the work we put into the suits reflected in the athlete’s performance,” she says.

Hannah’s work, which involves sourcing and then testing fabrics in Vorteq’s wind tunnel facility – inside the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub at Silverstone Park – is a natural progression from her interests in designing clothes in her teens.

“I was a National swimmer and competed in other sports, too, so went to university to design my own sportswear, combining PE and art.

“I started studying Sportswear & Design at Manchester and realised I didn’t want to design sportswear – I became more interested in the technology behind it, particularly in swimming fabrics and how their fit can enhance performance.

“So I started developing performance sportswear across different sports which led me to performance cycling here at Vorteq.”

Hannah is pictured in Vorteq Sports’ fabrics cutting room and, below, its wind tunnel facility with colleague Jessie McGuire who we featured earlier this week as part of our INWED21 coverage.

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