Search

Invictus Games: Medals designed by world’s oldest jewellers

13:20 11 August 2014

The medals for the Invictus Games. Pic: Adam Duke

The medals for the Invictus Games. Pic: Adam Duke

Archant

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

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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

13:54
From left, Mathunisas Yoganathan, and JPF award winner with Priscilla Hossain, both from Sarah Bonnell School. Photo: Mark Lees

The glittering achievements of young stars across the borough were recognised at an annual community awards ceremony last night.

Langdon Academy
12:35
Newham Town Hall

Top council chiefs are plotting to extend the back office merger between Newham and Havering to include joint-working with Bexley, the Recorder can reveal.

Newham
Students are demanding all employees at London City Airport are paid the London Living Wage. (Pic by Oliver Telfor)

Students handed a letter to London City Airport demanding it pays all cleaners who work on its site the London Living Wage.

University of East London
07:00
ELAM holding first ever awards ceremony

Celebrations will be taking place for the East London Arts & Music Academy this week with their first annual awards evening.

Most read news

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder