Australians smash Guinness World Record in London
Over 3000 Australians arrived at London’s Clapham Common last night to help try and smash a Guinness World Record. And smash it they did!
OVER 3000 Australians arrived at London’s Clapham Common last night to help try and smash a Guinness World Record. And smash it they did!
While 2000 unlucky people were turned away from The Windmill Pub in London’s southwest, the lucky ones who arrived early got to be part of a historic moment – one they can cherish forever.
The record, previously held by Switzerland at 537, was for the “Most People Wearing the Same Full Team Kit”. But after London’s Australian expat army stormed the Common, the new official Guinness World Record for the most people wearing the same full team kit is now 935.
Dressed in green and gold, the hundreds of excited Australians gathered to spell out a gigantic “G’day” on the Clapham Common grass for the Guinness World Record book officials and Channel 9′s Today Show which was beaming the images live back to Australia.
“It was great to see the first world record of the summer go to Australia,” said event special guest and Australian Olympic legend Geoff Huegill.
But more than just an Aussie World Record, it was a chance for the expat Aussies of London to welcome the Australian Olympic Team.
“The level of support for the Aussie team in the UK was fantastic to see. This must be the biggest splash of green and gold London’s ever seen. We always knew we could do it; if anyone can, the Aussies CAN.”
Organised by Commonwealth Bank and supported by Australian Times, the evening was a celebration of all things Australian, from snags on the barbie to a full night of the finest Aussie music and entertainment. But the highlight of the event was undoubtedly the setting of the new World Record, which was broadcast live to millions of Australians back home.
“We wanted to organise something that would give Aussies in London the chance to get behind our national team. Commonwealth Bank has been supporting Australian sport for decades and it’s our job to let the team know that we, and the entire nation, are behind them. Hopefully this record is the start of things to come for Australia this summer” said Andy Lark, Chief Marketing & Online Officer, Commonwealth Bank.
To qualify for the World Record, the hundreds of people had to be kitted out in exactly the same outfit (t-shirt, shorts and socks) and had to hold the pose for ten minutes.
When Jack Brockbank from Guinness World Records announced that Australia had broken the record, the green and gold crowd went crazy.
“For me, I’ve broken enough world records in the pool but without doubt I think my first world record on land is going to be my most memorable,” an excited Huegill said of the amazing feat.
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