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Invictus Games: Medals designed by world’s oldest jewellers

The medals for the Invictus Games. Pic: Adam Duke The medals for the Invictus Games. Pic: Adam Duke

Monday, August 11, 2014
1:20 PM

Medals designed by the world’s oldest jewellers will be awarded to competitors at the Invictus Games.

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The gold, silver and bronze medals, pictured, were designed by Garrard and will be handed out to every winner and runner-up from each of the 14 nations at the tournament for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.

They are based on a concept from Harry Parker, who lost both legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, and represent the philosophy and vision of the Games.

A quote from the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley which reads “I am the master of my fate” is engraved on each medal, with the “I AM” trademark of the Games centred in black enamel.

An embossed pattern, reminiscent of stitching, represents the journey of recovery and rehabilitation.

Sgt Craig Gadd, who lost his leg on a tour of Afghanistan as a Royal Engineer Search Advisor, said sport had “made all the difference” in his own recovery, not just physically but also socially.

“We’re used to being part of a team and you can see that camaraderie reignited in the sporting arena,” he said.

“It drives us on to be the best we can be both on and off the field of play. Make no mistake, while it will be amazing just to be part of the Invictus Games, those on the team will be going all out to bring one of these medals home.”

Eric Deardorff, CEO of 300-year-old jewellery house Garrard said: “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.”

Click here for more information on the Invictus Games or to book tickets. For more news about Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, see our Parklife section.

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