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 (RAM) today.
The medals were designed by RAM coin designer, Bronwyn King who was briefed on the origin of the Games and its increasing popularity for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment.
Bronwyn said, “my 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,” she added.
GG2019CEO, Robyn Smith said the designer was provided with key themes to feature in the creative design including Australia, resilience and inclusion.
“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.
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 on behalf of the Australian athletes present, “We are 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.”