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Medals for Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships designed at city’s School of Art

Laura Muir with the medals
Laura Muir with the medals

The medals for the Glasgow 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships have been unveiled.

Designed by Glasgow School of Art’s resident designer Andrew Fleming, the gold, silver and bronze medals will give winning athletes a symbol of the city.

Drawing inspiration from Glasgow and the built environment, the design of the medals represents Glasgow’s heritage of construction.

The overlapping grid-like patterns are intended to create a sense of movement and provide and abstract snapshot of the city itself.

The designer said he wanted every winning athlete to have their own key to the city.

Mr Fleming said: “I am incredibly proud to have been selected to design the medals for this event. To be given the opportunity to design a medal for the city I love so much is an honour.

“Designing and making is what I love and for that to be recognised in this way and to be given this platform at this early stage in my career is more than I could have imagined.

“To mark this moment in time of these athletes’ careers has been such a fulfilling experience and I can’t wait to see them being presented on the podium.”

Andrew Harrison has a close look at the medals

Many of Europe’s leading athletes will be in the city next month to compete at the Emirates Arena.

Running over the weekend of March 1-3, 18,000 people are expected to attend.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “With the European Athletics Indoor Championships returning to Scotland for the first time since 1990, I am pleased the medals for this major sporting event have been designed in Scotland in collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art.”

“The Glasgow School of Art is one of Europe’s leading higher education institutions and recent graduate Andrew Fleming has created stunning contemporary pieces that will add quality to this event.”

“The medals also provide a link between Scotland’s cultural heritage and major sporting events, and will build on the successful cultural programme run alongside the recent European Championships.”


Tickets are now on-sale on the event’s website: www.glasgow2019athletics.com