Yvonne Murray-Mooney shows off one of the gold medals for the World Indoors in Glasgow (photo by Mark Gibson)
With less than four weeks to go until the first World Athletics Indoor Champion Glasgow 24 is crowned, organisers have today revealed the medal specially commissioned for the event following a design competition.
Taking place from 1-3 March this year, the World Indoors will be held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow and will feature over 700 athletes as they compete across 26 events.
The pinnacle of every athlete’s career is to stand on the podium at a major championship and be presented with a unique medal, one that recognises and reflects the magnitude of their achievement at the highest level.
Although this is the 19th edition of the Championships, this is the first time the event has been held in Scotland and this is reflected in the design of the medal, which incorporates the thistle inspired event brand, complemented by a selection of well-known Glasgow landmarks around its outer rim.
Event organisers launched an open call last summer, giving Scottish artists the chance to submit their designs in a bid to become a part of history.
Winning artist, Graeme Clark, from Edinburgh is proud to see his illustrations transformed into a stunning creation that will be presented to all the medallists.
The medals have been produced by specialist manufacturer Toye, Kenning and Spencer who have produced a range of high-quality championship medals including the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where the company is based in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.
Photos by Mark Gibson
Amongst the first to set eyes on the medals were young athletes from the team that represented Glasgow at the European City Challenge last October, as well as Shettleston Harriers and Victoria Park Glasgow Athletics Club.
They were given a sneak peek, by event Ambassador, World and Olympic medallist and European champion, Eilidh Doyle, prior to attending the official opening of the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) exhibition that is being staged at the St Enoch Centre in Glasgow from now until the end of the Championships.
Eilidh Doyle said: ‘As an athlete it is always exciting when the medals are revealed as you know the championships are getting close, so it creates a real buzz. And when you see them for real, it really makes you want one sand spurs you on…