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Ian Thorpe leads the celebrity arrivals at The Sapphire Project launch in Sydney

Ian Thorpe leads the celebrity arrivals at The Sapphire Project launch in Sydney

Former Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe leads the celebrity arrivals at The Sapphire Project launch in Sydney

Ian Thorpe rugged up towards the chilly climate when he stepped out for The Sapphire Project launch in Sydney on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old former Olympic swimmer stepped out in a pinstripe blazer with a black scarf knotted round his neck for the charity occasion.

He rounded out his all-black ensemble with a knit jumper, tapered leg pants and lace-up brogues.

Keeping warm: Ian Thorpe rugged up against the cold weather when he stepped out for The Sapphire Project launch in Sydney on Tuesday

Retaining heat: Ian Thorpe rugged up towards the chilly climate when he stepped out for The Sapphire Project launch in Sydney on Tuesday

Ian appeared to be in good spirits forward of the occasion, smiling fortunately and posing for pictures with fellow visitors. 

The former world champion affectionately embraced underwater photographer Valerie Taylor as they posed collectively on the black carpet.

Valerie, 85, rested her head towards Ian’s chest and laughed fortunately as they hammed it up for photographers.

The right stripes: The 38-year-old former Olympic swimmer stepped out in a pinstripe blazer with a black scarf knotted around his neck for the charity event

The proper stripes: The 38-year-old former Olympic swimmer stepped out in a pinstripe blazer with a black scarf knotted round his neck for the charity occasion

Man in black: He rounded out his all-black ensemble with a knit jumper, tapered leg pants and lace-up brogues

Man in black: He rounded out his all-black ensemble with a knit jumper, tapered leg pants and lace-up brogues

An engrossed Ian even held Valerie’s hand as she stood chatting with him on the black carpet forward of the occasion.

And it wasn’t simply Valerie who was charmed by the former freestyler, with Tourism Australia director Hayley Baillie wrapping her arms round him in a hug.

Additionally in attendance was Jarrod Scott, who put his mannequin strikes on show, posing with a blue umbrella.

Warm welcome: The former world champion affectionately embraced underwater photographer Valerie Taylor as they posed together on the black carpet

Listening in: An engrossed Ian even held Valerie's hand as she stood chatting with him on the black carpet ahead of the event

Heat welcome: The former world champion affectionately embraced underwater photographer Valerie Taylor as they posed collectively on the black carpet

Hug it out: It wasn't just Valerie who was charmed by the former freestyler, with Tourism Australia director Hayley Baillie wrapping her arms around him in a hug

Hug it out: It wasn’t simply Valerie who was charmed by the former freestyler, with Tourism Australia director Hayley Baillie wrapping her arms round him in a hug

The 31-year-old mannequin seemed suave in a midnight blue swimsuit, blue patterned shirt and black brogues, and styled his hair slicked again. 

Tom Waterhouse additionally stepped out for the launch, donning a traditional camel-coloured trench coat.

The 38-year-old businessman and racing inheritor additionally wore a black swimsuit with a white shirt and blue patterned tie. 

Working the camera: Also in attendance was Jarrod Scott, who put his model moves on display, posing with a blue umbrella

Working the digicam: Additionally in attendance was Jarrod Scott, who put his mannequin strikes on show, posing with a blue umbrella

Covered up: Tom Waterhouse also stepped out for the launch, donning a classic camel-coloured trench coat

Coated up: Tom Waterhouse additionally stepped out for the launch, donning a traditional camel-coloured trench coat

Sam and Cameron Bloom have been additionally available, posing fortunately collectively forward of the charity occasion.

The real-life couple have been the topics of final 12 months’s biopic, Penguin Bloom, with Naomi Watts portraying Sam. 

The Sapphire Project, in conjunction with The Nice Barrier Reef Basis, is dedicated to selling ocean conservation.  

Date night: Sam and Cameron Bloom were also on hand, posing happily together ahead of the charity event

Date night time: Sam and Cameron Bloom have been additionally available, posing fortunately collectively forward of the charity occasion

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