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Local pupil celebrates winning medal design at Aberdeen Youth Games Primary Festival of Sport


Around 1,500 pupils from 45 city primary schools descended on Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday 25 May, as the annual Aberdeen Youth Games culminated in a celebration of health, wellbeing and the benefits of an active lifestyle.

In the run up to this year’s Aberdeen Youth Games, children from all 45 schools were given the opportunity to submit a medal design for the 2019 games as part of a design competition with Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools team and Gray’s School of Art.

The winning entry was that of Nada Fawaz, a Primary 4 pupil from Skene Square School. Nada’s design was selected by a judging panel with representatives from Sport Aberdeen’s Active Schools team and Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Sport and Exercise Science team.

As the winner of the competition, Nada was presented with a bespoke replica of her winning medal design in addition to seeing her design feature on all this year’s medals.

The prize was awarded by Aberdeen Youth Games Ambassadors Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, taekwondo world champion Katrina Carr, table tennis champion Colin Dalgleish, snowboarder Douglas Green and Scottish basketball’s Chris Clearly.

Keith Gerrard, Director or Healthy and Active Communities at Sport Aberdeen, said:

“The judging panel was very impressed with the high standard and variety of entries submitted for this year’s medal design competition.

“The winning medal design was chosen because it captured what the Aberdeen Youth Games is all about – health, wellbeing and participation from a vast range of backgrounds and cultures across the city.

“Our partnership with Gray’s School of Art this year, builds upon our close relationship with Robert Gordon University (RGU) and illustrates that not all partnerships are about sport.”

Daniel Sutherland, Academic Strategic Lead at Gray’s School of Art, said:

“The Aberdeen Youth Games medal design competition has been very popular as always and we saw a lot of creative entries this year.

“Nada’s design has given the medals a great new look for 2019 and it has been great to work with her to develop the finished product, which we hope pupils will appreciate when they take them home from the Festival of Sport.”