THE BIRMINGHAM 2022 athlete medals have been unveiled.
The medals were designed by Francesca Wilcox and Catarina Rodrigues Caeiro led by Amber Alys at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery.
Games bosses say the jewel-like medals feature a design that symbolises the road and canal network in the West Midlands.
The medal and ribbon have been designed with all athletes competing in the 19 sports and eight Para sports in mind.
The medal has been created so that is it textured, so all athletes, and especially those with a visual impairment, can feel the design.
Amber, the lead designer for the medals, said: “It has been incredible to see our designs come to life, and we’re delighted with the medals, ribbons and presentation boxes.
“We really thought about the athletes when designing the medals – the connection between athletes and the journey they go on to achieve their dream of standing on top of the podium.
“We wanted to create something with a jewel-like quality so that the athletes had something that they could treasure for the rest of their lives.”
The medals are being manufactured by Toye, Kenning and Spencer in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, a location which is included on the Birmingham 2022 marathon route.
One of the athletes hoping to get her hands on a medal is seven-time Paralympic gold medallist, Hannah Cockcroft, as a Commonwealth Games medal is one that is missing from her extensive collection.
Hannah said: “Since I have been an international athlete, my events have not been included in the Commonwealth Games, so I have never been able to compete for Team England before.
“From the minute I found out that the 100m for T33/34 athletes was included on the athletics programme, I have been thrilled that I finally have a chance to add a Commonwealth Games medal to my collection.
“Now that I have seen how beautiful the medals are, I’m even more focused on winning one this summer.”
A massive 1,875 medals will now be produced, to be awarded to the athletes placing first, second and third in the 283 medal events that are part of the Games.