For more than 90 years, Gill Athletics has been a leading manufacturer of quality athletic equipment—from major facility installations for track and field, football and soccer…to personal performance products—like our celebrated CarbonFX Vaulting Poles—for athletes.
Over the past decade, Gill has experienced significant growth—both through the expansion of our own diverse product lines, as well as the acquisition of highly respected companies such as Porter Athletic, a leader in basketball, volleyball and other indoor and outdoor equipment.
The largest producer of track and field equipment in the world, Gill holds the distinction of being the Official Equipment Supplier of USA Track and Field. We go to painstaking lengths to build products to the most exacting standards, and that meet the precise specifications of the IAAF, NCAA and NFSHSA. In fact Gill currently produces more IAAF-certified products than anyone in the industry.
Part of what makes Gill the preferred choice of coaches, facility designers and athletes everywhere is innovation. Our patented technological advances set new industry standards for performance, safety and durability. Our athletic equipment is also “value-engineered”—that is, we use production techniques and processes that achieve the highest quality product at the lowest possible price.
A little background explains a lot.
Founder Harry Gill was hailed as one of the greatest athletes of his generation, winning the American All-Around Championship (equivalent to the Olympic decathlon) in 1900. He started the company in 1918 when he became so dissatisfied with the equipment then available he decided to make his own. His breakthrough ash javelin was so well-received, he expanded into other areas. By 1922 Gill was offering a full line of superior track and field equipment, which helped propel the University of Illinois team he coached to 19 Big Ten track and field championships.
Among the many “firsts” Gill has introduced over the years are the alloy vaulting pole (1932), L-type rocker hurdle (1937), automatic starting block (1956), official testing device for the high school discus (1963), the Rankin Method of pole testing (1966), the carbon vaulting pole (1991), automatic adjusting hurdles (introducted at The 1996 Olympic Games) … and many other improvements too numerous to mention here.