Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games coin design winner announced

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Kelly Just, a home schooled student from Victoria, was today announced by the Royal Australian Mint as the winner of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games coin design competition.

Kelly will have her winning coin design minted on an Australian 50c coin commemorating the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, to be released by the Royal Australian Mint. The winning coin design will be produced as a general circulating coin for distribution Australia wide and Kelly will also have the rare privilege of having her initials incorporated into the coin.

Kelly is 15 years old and enjoys drawing, reading and craftwork. Kelly's creative design shows animals mimicking athletes performing a variety of sporting activities which will feature in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games such as swimming, high-jump, gymnastics and diving.

More than 20,000 votes were cast in the nation-wide competition conducted by the Royal Australian Mint to find a winning design commemorating the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Hundreds of entries were received from secondary schools across every state and territory in Australia.

The winning design was selected by the Australian public who voted for their favourite design on the Mint's website choosing from six outstanding finalists.

The Controller of the Royal Australian Mint, Dr Vivienne Thom said, "We received many great designs from talented young students embracing the spirit of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. I would like to congratulate all who took part in this competition, the six finalists and especially Kelly for her winning design."

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Chairman, Mr Ronald Walker, said Games organisers were thrilled to be working with the Royal Australian Mint to promote the Games amongst our young Australians.

"This design represents the spirit of the Games - bringing together over 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations to celebrate the spirit of sport and culture in one of the world's great cities," Mr Walker said.

"Young people from around Australia - and the Commonwealth - will play an integral role both on and off the field in the lead up to and during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games."

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games will be held from 15-26 March 2006.

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