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Commonwealth Games medals unveiled in Glasgow

These are the gold, silver and bronze medals that Team South Africa’s athletes will be competing for at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Team South Africa’s athletes will be part of a huge line-up of 4,500 athletes across the Commonwealth and to mark Monday’s milestone of 100 Days to Go to the Opening Ceremony, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Medals were revealed to the public for the first time in the evening.

The medals were unveiled in spectacular style at Glasgow’s iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which provided a stunning backdrop to the reveal.

The unique awards are silver gilt (for the gold) silver and bronze ÔÇô the traditional make-up of medals at Commonwealth and Olympic events, and weigh in at 100g each.

They have been designed by internationally renowned jeweller and maker Jonathan Boyd who worked with a team of 11 specialist jeweller-makers at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to hand make the gold, silver and bronze medals through a series of complex and skilled processes meaning each one is truly unique.

They were revealed at a special event which also recreated the medal procession ceremony showing the ceremonial outfits to be worn by the male and female medal bearers, the trays the medals will be placed in and specially created gifts which will be given to the winning athletes.

The creative team behind the medal ceremonies also includes Paul Hodgkiss, designer of the wooden podiums, trays and gifts and fashion designer Kerry Nixon, who designed the dresses worn by the female medal bearers and styled the male medal bearers with the support of Harris Tweed who made the specially-commissioned fabric.

The design team has drawn inspiration from many elements of Scotland including the Isle of Harris itself to the parks of Glasgow. Incorporating the unique and iconic Harris Tweed fabric into the Medal Ceremony demonstrated the age-old tradition and artisan skills of the weavers in a modern and contemporary setting.

The event gave a glimpse of the moments of a lifetime for winning athletes which will be broadcast around the globe and highlighted the talents of three designers who have come together to create a beautiful and unique Glasgow 2014 Medal Ceremony which will be seen by a global audience of 1.5 billion.

GSA has been involved with developing both the medals and the dress fabrics with the school’s Centre for Advanced Textiles printing the distinctive Glasgow 2014 Official Tartan material onto the silk fabric.

Former Commonwealth Gold Medallist and TV presenter Iwan Thomas hosted the event which also featured Scotland’s most decorated athlete, Allan Wells, MBE and aspiring future athletics star Joseph Amouzou, 18, who attends The Glasgow School of Sport. Joseph is the reigning Under-20 Indoor Triple Jump champion and hopes to compete in future Commonwealth Games.

The event was also attended by Glasgow 2014 Games Partners and representatives of business and civic Scotland.

Said the Chairman of Glasgow 2014, Lord Smith of Kelvin, KT, at the ceremony: ÔÇ£These medals are the coveted prize that all the athletes coming to compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have in their sights ÔÇô the ultimate reward for all those years of toil, training and dedication.┬áOur medals are unlike any I have seen before and are a unique representation of the stunning, contemporary vision of Scotland that will be beamed around the world.┬á With just 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony, the stage is now well and truly set for an outstanding XX Commonwealth Games.ÔÇØ


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