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- 12 August 2014 00:00
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The medals will be presented at the Invictus Games next month have been unveiled after they were carefully designed and crafted by Garrard, the oldest jewellery house in the world.
The medals are set to be presented to the top three finishers in every event at the Invictus Games presented by Jaguar Land Rover.
In addition, all 400 competitors from 14 nations will receive an official Garrard medallion to commemorate their participation in the sporting event for wounded warriors which will take place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from September 10-14.
The medals are based on a concept from Harry Parker, who lost both his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, and have been crafted to represent the philosophy and vision behind the Invictus Games.
An embossed pattern represents the journey of recovery and rehabilitation of the wounded, injured and sick Service personnel participating in the Games.
The quote from the William Ernest Henley poem Invictus which states "I am the master of my fate” is engraved on each medal and medallion, with a Braille translation on the back of the medallions.
Black enamel finishes the centre of each medallion and medal with the Invictus ‘I AM’ trademark.
"The medals are befitting of a truly inspirational occasion that will celebrate the invictus spirit of these amazing men and women,” said Chairman of the Invictus Games Sir Keith Mills.
"It speaks volumes that the Invictus Games is now forever etched in Garrard’s own rich heritage and sporting legacy.”
Invictus is Latin for unconquered, a word that embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women and what they can achieve, post-injury.
The Invictus Games are a unique chance for the public to celebrate this ‘invictus spirit’ through sporting achievement.
Competitors, both serving and veteran, will compete in nine adaptive sports in venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The involvement of Garrard is another major boost for the event.
For nearly 300 years Garrard has designed and created jewellery, Royal regalia and silverware for Kings and Queens from around the world.
The jewellery house is also credited with supplying the America’s Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy in history, the I.C.C. Cricket World Cup and the Premier League Trophy.
"Garrard has enjoyed a distinguished history for creating medals and trophies to commemorate important sporting tournaments around the world and is proud to employ this extensive expertise in developing the memorable and striking medallions and medals for the forthcoming Invictus Games,” said Garrard CEO Eric Deardorff.
"We are honoured to play a critical role in such a remarkable event in London to raise awareness of the recovery and rehabilitation of those who have served their country.”
The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.
Launched by Prince Harry earlier this year, the event will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.
Tickets for the Invictus Games cost £12.85 per person.
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