Story composed by Toby Crockford on the 4 November 2017 - 06:40pm - published in the Brisbane Times
The medals for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have been released, with the design inspired by the Queensland coastline and Indigenous heritage.
An estimated 1500 medals will be created at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra and inspected individually before they are used in the Games, which start on April 4 next year.
North Stradbroke artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins was given the responsibility of designing the medals and took inspiration from her own family, Indigenous artwork and Gold Coast beaches.
“My inspiration was drawn from the Gold Coast coastline, which for many generations, has been a place for gathering, meeting and sport," she said.
“The medal design represents soft sand lines which shift with every tide and wave, also symbolic of athletic achievement.
“The continual change of tide represents the evolution in athletes who are making their mark. Records are made and special moments of elation are celebrated.
"Although the moment in time may be fleeting, it is forever marked within the shells that are brought upon its tidelines.
“The ribbon represents the woven strand of the freshwater reed, yungair, which is three reeds woven to form a pattern resembling many triangles joined together."
The medal ribbon is a traditional skill which has been passed down and shared through generations. In Ms Cockatoo-Collins' family, an aunt was the one who passed it down to her mother who then passed the skill on to her.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Peter Beattie said the medals were "symbolic" of every Games and the "ultimate goal" of every athlete.
“The reveal of these striking gold, silver and bronze medals for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is a special and significant moment for the athletes as they can now visualise what they are training and competing for,” he said.
There will be a total of 275 medal ceremonies during the Games, with the highest number of medals to be awarded in swimming (240) and athletics (237).
They measure 63 millimetres in diameter and weigh between 138 and 163 grams.
The design was unveiled on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, with Games ambassador and Olympic and Commonwealth gold medal-winning hurdler Sally Pearson given the honour of being the first athlete to lay eyes on and hold the medals.