Meet the 2019 adidas x Woolmark Performance Challenge finalists

The finalists for this year’s adidas x Woolmark Performance Challenge have been announced, with The Woolmark Company and leading sports brand adidas short-listing ten tertiary students ahead of the final event to be held in Munich, Germany, on 14 November 2019.

2019 Woolmark Performance Challenge Finalists




Raffles Milano Instituto di Moda e Design, Italy,

Fashion Design

Adilya’s design focusses on the intersection between versatility and sustainability.



Politecnico di Torino, Italy,

Automotive Engineering

Andrea’s research is inspired by races with passion, designed for bikers from his personal experience. He sees Merino wool as the key for reaching new performance levels.




Raffles Milano Instituto di Moda e Design, Italy,

Fashion Design

Eleonora’s project aims to prevent and combat muscle pain. She combines taping techniques with micro-encapsulation, whilst keeping sustainability in mind.



Manchester Metropolitan University,

UK, Sportswear Design and Technology

Basing her collection on an extreme Polar Expedition, Hannah sought to optimise the natural properties of Merino wool by blending the fibres with silver, creating a powerful and fully antimicrobial fabric that will not only excel throughout the duration of an arctic tour, but the lifetime of the garment.



Savannah College of Art and Design, USA,

Apparel Design

Hope aims to blend urban street-wear with skateboarding equipment by creating a line of hidden impact protection that portrays a satirical look at the story of South Korean skateboarders.



Institut Français de la Mode, France,

Fashion Design Postgraduate Program, Major in Garment 2019

Hyokyoung Lee’s energy-generating Merino wool base layer is designed to monitor an athlete’s body status, allowing transmission of data and, if needed, an SOS.



Institut Français de la Mode, France,

Fashion Design Postgraduate Program, Major in Garment

Using the stretch and durability of Merino wool and synthetic hybrid fabrics, Jiachen Zhong explores posture correction functions for professional e-sports garments.



Raffles Milano Instituto di Moda e Design, Italy,

Masters in Fashion

Luisa’s project seeks to create garments that motivate the practice of physical exercises through the production of endorphins (happiness hormones), using wearable technology.



Royal College of Art, UK,

Fashion, Knitwear Womenswear

Rebecca’s work combines circular and seamless knitting technologies with the performance properties of Merino wool for increased comfort, focused recovery, body mapping ergonomics and durability for aerial dance and activewear.



University of Oregon, USA,

Master of Science in Sports Product Design

Sarah’s entry explores the use of Merino wool alongside bio-ceramic and compressive textile innovation for recovery purposes amongst sub-elite runners.

Pushing the limits of product innovation, the adidas x Woolmark Performance Challenge tasks tertiary students from across the world to apply the science and performance benefits of Australian Merino wool to innovative new product applications. By fostering the development of future innovators and designers, the Woolmark Performance Challenge is an unrivalled talent development program driving new solutions to issues in the sports and outdoor industry which can benefit the industry as a whole.

With the more than 1060 students registering from more than 115 educational institutions from 21 countries, the diverse range of applicants for the program’s second edition highlights the thirst students have for both education and innovation as they plan the early stages of their career.