Macclesfield's sailing superstar features in collection of iconic posters to mark one-year countdown to next year's Olympic Games

  Posted: 28.07.20 at 15:16 by Tom Avery  

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Macclesfield sailing ace Elliot Hanson features in a collection of iconic posters to mark the one-year countdown to the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The set of 10 posters released by the British Sailing Team feature all 15 selected sailors - including Laser picked to represent Team GB.

Each image blends an action photo of the sailor with quintessential Japanese illustration that takes inspiration from the famous The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.

“We wanted to create something iconic to celebrate the sailors who will fly the flag for Team GB at Tokyo 2020,” said Will Carson, communications manager for the British Sailing Team.

"Our designers have done a fantastic job to blend amazing photographs taken by Mark Lloyd during a British Sailing Team training camp with distinctly Japanese illustration based on The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

"Each poster is unique but unmistakably part of the same set.

"With a year to go until the Olympics, we hope these posters will help to begin the process of uniting sports fans ahead of the greatest show on Earth."

Twenty-six-year-old Elliot will make his Olympic debut at the postponed event, representing Team GB in the Laser dinghy class.

He was the final sailor to be selected for the squad.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021, with the sailing competition held in Enoshima from 25 July to 4 August.

Britain’s sailors are among the few athletes confirmed for Team GB’s Tokyo 2020 team sheet.

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