The genesis of the #WAVELIGHT can be traced back to Dutch-based sports lighting specialists SPORT Technologies. A leader in the field of lighting solutions for a range of sports – including soccer, tennis, rugby, field hockey and athletics – the company was approached three years ago by their local athletics club in the town of Zeewolde to create a lighting feature at a newly installed track to help attract more runners to use the facility.
After brainstorming several ideas, the company designed and installed the first version of what is now known as #WAVELIGHT. A lamp-based pacing system which sat under the track drainage cover facing upwards, The lights lit up which allowed runners to appreciate the speed that they were running.”
SPORT Technologies met fellow Dutchman Jos Hermens, the CEO of leading sport management agency Global Sports Communication. Hermens, a former one-hour world record-holder and Nike employee, has long been an advocate of modernising the sport – and he immediately saw potential in the product.
We worked on a new design. To aid the coach’s view of the session, the lights were placed under the drainage cover on the inside rail of the track. Displayed in four different colours – green, white, red and blue – the lights have five different start points around the track: at each 100m point and the mile start. Global Sports Communication coach and 2006 European 800m champion Bram Som was also asked to offer input into how Wavelight could be used practically as a coaching tool.