Gatorade + Usain Bolt launch new stat in cricket 'The Bolt Rate' via Eleven and TBWA Sydney

The Gatorade Fastest Run 1.jpgThe Gatorade Fastest Run 12.jpgGatorade, in partnership with Eleven and TBWA Sydney, has created a new explosive cricket metric which has the potential to change the way the game is analysed, discussed and celebrated by fans.

For the first time ever, the new measurement - Bolt Rate - will record the players' run speed between wickets during the summer of cricket. The fastest man will then be crowned with The Gatorade Fastest Run trophy.

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The Gatorade Fastest Run 3.jpgTo help the Qantas Australian National Cricket Team boost their Bolt Rate, they've enlisted the help of the world's fastest man and global Gatorade ambassador - Usain Bolt. Bolt has been working alongside Cricket Australia and Gatorade providing pointers to the team as they prepare to play for their country and the honour of being the fastest between the wickets. With Bolt's expertise, the team have been presented with a unique advantage.

The integrated campaign by Eleven and TBWA will run across PR and social over the summer of cricket, launching with a hero film featuring Usain Bolt training with players.

The speed will be measured using Catapult GPS tracking technology, the official technology used by Cricket Australia. Players' top speeds will be recorded with the fastest runs published for media and on Gatorade Australia's Facebook page.

Says Andy DiLallo, chief creative officer, Eleven/TBWA Sydney: "I love the idea of Gatorade, a brand with a clear mission of achieving optimal athletic performance for its athletes, applying their focus to improving sport itself. Literally speeding up one of Australia's most loved sports."

Says Fiona Milliken, general manager, Eleven: "Australia is a nation of avid cricket fans and we tapped into their competitive spirit to create an innovative new way to talk about a sport with a long, proud heritage. The Bolt Rate brings speed to the game and has created a new dialogue for cricket fans."

Says Russ Tucker, creative director, Eleven/TBWA Sydney: "Bolt is synonymous with running, so it's refreshing to tap into his other passion, cricket. There's a powerful story in having Usain Bolt train the Australian cricketers to run even faster as they head into the cricket season."

Says Jamie Bruce, marketing manager, Gatorade: "We've been proud to support the Australia national cricket team as the official hydration partner for the last 15 years. Now, we're excited to have created a new metric that has the potential to change the way the sport is viewed."

Agency: Eleven/TBWA Sydney
Andy DiLallo, Chief Creative Officer
Russ Tucker, Creative Director
Annabel Jewers, Agency Producer
Fiona Milliken, General Manager
Jade Glashoff, Account Director
Ali Bates, Senior Accont Manager
Asheden Hill, Senior Account Executive
Caitlin Jokovic, Account Executive
Chris Mawson, Design Director
Dan Smith, Art Director
Douglas Hamilton, Copywriter
Nick McHugh, Copywriter
Natalie Rempalski, Strategic Planner

Production Company: Plaza
Paul Middleditch, Director
Peter Masterton, Executive Producer
Daniel Ardilley, Director of Photography

Post Production: The Editors
Daniel Fry, Post Producer
Jess Mutascio, Editor
Soren Dyne, Online
Marcus Timpson, Grade

Client: Gatorade
Jamie Bruce, Marketing Manager

7 Comments

Ted said:

This is great, well done.

Yup said:

Love cricket, love Bolt cool use of both.

Weird, a few months early for TBWA award focused dross said:

I think this would have benefited from another quote from someone from Eleven/TBWA, oh and someone who actually loves cricket rather than writing award entries.

The Fonze said:

Surely the horse has bolted with Usain? Or jumped the shark even?

John said:

I love the way that the writer has to explain the game of cricket to potential jury members to whom cricket is something that hops about the shrubbery. It's an average idea that these guys seem to specialise in.

Russty said:

Dear John,
This average idea is currently back page of the sun newspaper in the UK.

Ian Botham said:

Dear Russty,
That is truly amazing, John should take it back, it's a game changing idea. The back page of the Sun, wow.

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