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Public vote to decide Games medal design

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THE top three medal designs for the Guernsey 2021 NatWest International Island Games have been released – and now it is up to the public to vote for their favourite.

The medal design competition ran from 1 March to 31 May this year, and received more than 70 entries.

The top three designs were selected by a judging panel consisting of Dame Mary Perkins, chairman of the Guernsey 2021 organising committee, NatWest International’s Rob Girard and three Island Games athletes – Tom Hollingsworth (swimming), Lisa Gray (archery) and Sarah Garbutt (badminton).

The judges were all impressed with the quality of the entries and it took some time to decide on the shortlisted designs.

‘I was looking for something which stood out as being completely different from previous Games medals but also showed elements of Guernsey in its design,' said Mrs Garbutt.

Option A shows the Guernsey flag on the front and the Guernsey coat of arms on the back with the phrase 'Inspiring Islanders.' The medal rim and the background of the cross will be raised and a small base unit stand made of resin, with guernsey granite chippings, will be presented to display the medal.

Option A (25563597)

Option B features the outline of Guernsey on the front and 24 segments on the outside circle represent the 23 member islands and the IIGA all coming together in Guernsey to participate in the 2021 games.

Option B

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Meanwhile Option C consists of two elements. The metallic part will have a Guernsey coin in the centre and then a resin disk, containing pieces of Guernsey granite, will sit behind the medal. A rope-like cabling pattern on the front represents Guernsey's maritime culture and is also found in traditional Guernsey jumpers. The presence of a sunburst motif reflects that the Channel Islands are one of the sunniest places in the British Isles.

Option C

Metal ribbons and fixing will be designed separately to the medal itself and may be able to incorporate different events and disciplines.

A public vote will now take place to select the overall winning design.

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Voting is open until the end of September and the final result will be announced in October.

As well as the honour of seeing their design used for all of the medals during the Games, the overall winner will receive their own commemorative set of medals and will be given the opportunity to present the medals at one of the events during Games week. All of the shortlisted finalists will receive VIP tickets to the opening ceremony of the Games.

  • Full details of all of the final designs, along with voting details are available at guernsey2021.gg. Votes can also be made by phone. Option A call 12091. Option B call 12092. Option C call 12093. Calls to the voting line numbers are chargeable – please contact your service provider for details of cost and check with the billpayer before voting.
Will Green

By Will Green
Business Editor

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