Our long association with the Olympics goes a lot further than simply supplying quality products. It began as far back as 1964 when XTM Performance owner Peter Forras’s Auntie “Judy Forras” competed at the Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Strangely enough this was the same year Pete was born. It wasn’t until 1978 at age 14 that Pete realised skiing was where he wanted to make his living.
He dedicated the next 10 years of his life to realising his dream of representing his country. It finally all paid off when he competed in the downhill and downhill combined in Calgary 1988. Best of all, he got to do it alongside good friend and lifetime XTM Performance ambassador Steve Lee.
From left: Young Pete Forras in Downhill Racing days, Pete Forras now outside original XTM Performance Headquarters aka "the shack" in Torquay Victoria.
WINNING OVER GORE-TEX
As soon as XTM acquired our GORE-TEX licence back in 2004, Pete took the opportunity to give back to the organisation who he felt had given so much to him. At that time the Australian team were purchasing their competition gloves from overseas. After discussions with the OWI (Olympic Winter Institute) we realised that we both had similar goals; the OWI to take Australian winter sports to the next level, and ours to produce world class products.
THE NUMBERS TO DATE
For more than 10 years we have been a major supplier and supporter to all of Australia’s top winter athletes. To date we have supplied over:
- 3000 pairs of gloves
- 5000 pairs of socks
- 500 Bags
- 1000 Australian Merino Base Layers and
- 500 pairs of snow boots