Royal Australian Mint Reveals Australian Olympic Change-Maker Medallions at the Mint


With just over 200 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) has announced its support of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Olympic Change-Makers, students who are being recognised for demonstrating the Olympic spirit through leadership and driving positive change in their communities.

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Mint announced today that it is an official partner of the Australian Olympic Committee and an official partner of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Olympic Change-Maker program.

To help share the Olympic dream, the Mint is supporting the Australian Olympic Change-Maker program by presenting 26 student ‘Change-Makers’ from every state and territory with custom Royal Australian Mint gold medallions.

More than 1000 year 11 and 12 students from every state and territory were nominated by their school for making a positive impact through sport in their community, attending state-based Olympic Change-Maker summits to share their journeys and learn from Olympians.

Twenty-six inspiring students were then selected by a panel of Olympians to attend the national Change-Maker summit in Canberra.

The Royal Australian Mint’s responsible Minister, the Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar said that the Mint is proud to support Australia’s gifted young leaders on their road to greatness and is looking forward to sharing in their unique stories and achievements in the future.

“The Royal Australian Mint has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Australian achievement and leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the Mint is proud to be supporting the Australian Olympic Change-Makers from across the nation” said the Hon Michael Sukkar.

“The Mint tells important Australian stories, and the Mint’s medallions have an enduring value and long-lasting quality that is shared through generations.  Even in the digital age, the Mint’s medallions, medals and coins are widely sought after and it is again working hard to create meaningful and popular products in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Australian Olympic Committee CEO, Matt Carroll welcomes the Mint’s ongoing support for the Australian Olympic Team and the leaders of tomorrow.

“The AOC is committed to using the power of sport to make a difference,” Mr Carroll said.

“These 26 young leaders selected for the summit and the thousand more who have been part of the inaugural Olympic Change-Maker program embody the Olympic spirit.

“From Olympians inspiring the country with incredible feats in the sporting arena to young Australians making a small but extraordinary difference in their local community, the Olympic spirit is about making a positive impact and acting with respect, teamwork and sportsmanship.

“Congratulations to all the Olympic Change-Makers recognised today, we look forward to following your journey as you continue to demonstrate the Olympic spirit and lead in your communities.

“The AOC thanks the Royal Australian Mint for their ongoing support and for supporting young leaders of tomorrow with the Olympic Change-Maker program.”

From volunteering as a basketball coach at the Disability Trust to establishing a morning basketball club bringing his school community together, Bulli’s Tyson Bricknell is already using sport to make a difference.

“Being able to share this experience and learn from Olympians and students around the country is just incredible - I could barely sleep all week I was so excited.”

“The idea of being able to make a change, whether it’s for one person or an entire community, is so inspiring,” Bricknell said.

To find out more about the Australian Olympic Change-makers visit here or for information on the Royal Australian Mint Change-Maker medallions please visit.

Media Enquiries:
Royal Australian Mint: Heather McGirr,, 0418 164 769
Australian Olympic Committee: Dominic Sullivan,, 0421 423 582

Change-Maker Medallion - Reverse

Change-Maker Medallion - Obverse

Change-Maker Medallion: 63mm Copper, Gold Plated
Designer: Aleksandra Stokic

About the Medallion Designs

The Change-Maker medallions incorporate a realistic representation of butterflies along with Royal Australian Mint and Australian Olympic Change-maker logos and mottos.  The use of butterflies in the design represents endurance, change and life; symbolising transformation and joy.  The smooth lines of the design elements represent synchronicity of motion and dynamism of sport.  The hope is that these medallions become a symbol of the mental and physical requirements of leadership and being an athlete.