A deal might be near for Matthew Mitcham.
The gay Australian diver, who swept to prominence and gold during the Beijing Olympics last month, may soon be nearing his first endorsement deal. He recently signed with Grand Slam International for management and marketing representation and word is making the rounds of the blogosphere that he might soon be pitching for aussieBum.
“Winning gold in Beijing was an amazing experience for me. I’ve been overwhelmed with the public’s response to my achievement and am looking forward to the road ahead,” Mitcham said. “Grand Slam International represents many of Australia’s leading sports stars, helping them successfully manage their careers both in and out of the athletic arena. I look forward to working with GSI on some exciting initiatives.”
Grand Slam also reps Ian Thorpe, another Australian swimming sensation who has been dogged for years about speculation concerning his sexual orientation.
As for assuieBum, speculation is swirling that Mitcham will soon become the brand’s new face and bum.
With our ear close to the ground, word has trickled back that Mitcham is very close to signing on to be the new face and, well, bum of swimwear and underpants brand aussieBum.
aussieBum was started by Sean Ashby in Sydney in 2001 with $20,000 savings. Last year they revealed that they ship about 1,000 orders a day. “We were fortunate enough to meet Matthew prior to competing in the Beijing Olympics,” Ashby has said. “Everyone in the company watched Matthew dive. To witness this man winning gold was a moment we will talk about with great pride – an Australian who chose to believe in himself.”
A preview of what could be to come from Mitcham and assuieBaum below.