Kiwami Triathlon - About us
Kiwami is a name made from two words: KIWI and AMI. The KIWI is a flightless bird found only in New Zealand. It is a national emblem of New Zealand and also a nickname used to identify New Zealanders throughout the world. AMI is the French word for “friend”.
When and why ?
Kiwami was created in 2003 by triathletes Craig & Hélène Watson (nee Salomon). After ten years of international competition, and nearing the end of their own careers, Hélène and Craig decided to embark on providing future generations of triathletes with something that had not been readily unavailable in top quality during their racing careers: quality garments that are purposely designed and produced for triathlon competition.
Our mission statement
"To produce first-class triathlon race-wear that is specifically designed and tailored to enhance the performance of the competitor."
All Kiwami garments are produced in Europe with the help of experienced fashion designers and assembled by qualified fashion industry machinists. Kiwami does not support the use of child labour or labour exploitation.
Kiwami uses only top quality fabrics that are adapted for the triathlon; supportive, streamlined and water repellent for swimming; fast drying, body-hugging and comfortable for cycling; lightweight, breathable and flexible for running.
Hélène began racing triathlon at the age of 22. She was a regular member of the French national triathlon teams from 1994 to 2003.
Craig began triathlon at the age of 2. He was a regular member of the New Zealand Elite Triathlon Team for World Championship events from 1994 to 2003, and represented New Zealand at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.