The gold, silver and bronze medals to be presented at over 200 medal ceremonies at the INAS Global Games Brisbane 2019 (GG2019) were revealed at the Royal Australian Mint today.
The medals were designed by Royal Australian Mint Coin Designer, Bronwyn King who was briefed on the origin of the Games and its increasing popularity for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment.
GG2019 CEO, Robyn Smith said the designer was provided with key themes to feature in the creative design including Australia, resilience and inclusion.
“Bronwyn’s inspiration was derived from Australia’s floral icon, the Gum Blossom. In times of drought, insect plagues, floods and even the intensity of the harsh Aussie sun, the Gum Blossom is resilient and strong with bright and colourful blooms.
“The Gum Blossom in all its glory represents our athletes, their strength and courage and ability to overcome barriers to flourish against the odds.
“The close up of the blossom design on the reverse of the medal depicts inclusion and the many hundreds of athletes coming to Brisbane, Australia from all over the world to unite, compete and celebrate the INAS Global Games.
“This is a really significant and exciting occasion for athletes competing in GG2019 as medals are symbolic and the ultimate goal that athletes aspire to win,” Ms Smith said.
Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade, Annastacia Palaszczuk commended designer Bronwyn King on the distinct and striking Australian design of the medals.
“The medals will be a tangible reward and lifetime reminder to those who receive them of competing on the world stage at the INAS Global Games 2019 in Brisbane, Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The Queensland Government is proud to be a sponsor of the Games and to welcome athletes from around the world to our great state.
“We look forward to our local team members going for gold against the world’s best.”
Producing the medals for the INAS Global Games 2019 continues the Royal Australian Mint’s long-standing tradition of involvement with many of Australia’s greatest sporting events.
The Royal Australian Mint’s responsible Minister, the Hon Michael Sukkar, the Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer said; “We look forward to seeing these medals worn by the outstanding GG2019 athletes and feel sure this reveal will provide them with further inspiration and determination as the count down towards the Games draws closer.”
GG2019 Australian swimmer and Commonwealth Games representative, Joshua Alford said they were excited to be one of the first athletes to see the medals for the Games and they were looking forward to competing in their home country.
For more information and media enquiries please contact: Heather McGirr, Heather.McGirr@ramint.gov.au, 0418 164 769
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ABOUT THE MEDALS
- The Royal Australian Mint is an official supporter and producer of the INAS Global Games 2019 medals.
- The medals are made using the same process and presses that the Royal Australian Mint uses to make coins.
- The medal design is cut into a reduction punch using a computer-controlled engraving machine to create medal dies.
- A circular medal blank is inspected by hand and individually placed into the Royal Australian Mint’s largest coin press.
- The medal dies are used in the press to strike the blanks of copper which are then gold plated, silver plated and antiqued to create the medals.
- The medals are all struck four times to ensure the design is fully formed.
- The medals are inspected again once removed from the press to ensure they meet the high-quality requirements.
- Each medal has a diameter of 63mm and weighs 142.9g (approx.). 2 microns (thick) of gold was used on the gold-plated medal and 10 microns (thick) of silver was used for the silver-plated medal. Both medals have a base plate of nickel underneath.
The INAS Global Games Brisbane 2019 will take place over seven intensive days of competition from 12-19 October with athletes from around the globe contesting ten internationally sanctioned sports.
Ten Official INAS Sports:
- Table Tennis,
- Taekwondo and,
AFL - will host an Australian Rules Football demonstration event (Male AFL Players with intellectual impairment)
Netball - The Marie Little Shield (National Championships for Female netballers with intellectual impairment)
- Qld State Athletic Centre
- Sleeman Sports Centre
- Qld Tennis Centre
- Oxenford Rowing Centre
- Hibiscus Sports Centre
- Qld State Netball Centre
- Brisbane Table Tennis Centre
- Mt Cotton Driving Training Centre