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Creative youngsters put forward medal designs for sporting festival


A dozen creative school pupils have seen their designs selected from hundreds of entries for the final of an Aberdeen wide medal competition.

Aberdeen Youth Games 2015 medal workshopThe competition is being held as part of the second Aberdeen Youth Games (AYG) programme, run by Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Sport Aberdeen. One design will be chosen to be manufactured into a medal that participants will receive at the AYG Festival of Sport in May.

The 12 pupils, who were asked to base their designs on a theme of sport, participation, Aberdeen and health, attended a special workshop at Gray’s School of Art where staff and students helped replicate their designs digitally for production.

A winner will be announced in the run up to the festival on May 29, which will see around 1,500 pupils from across the city taking part in a range of sports aimed at inspiring them to get active.

Slawek Kielbowski (9) from Abbotswell Primary said seeing his design being transferred into a digital format was his favourite part of the workshop, as he hopes to become a computer games designer in the future.

“I like doing things on computers and I like art,” he said. “It was a fun afternoon.”

Alyx Campbell (8), from Middleton Park School, had based her medal design around the theme of eating healthily. She said: “I’ve been looking forward to the workshop and I’ve really enjoyed designing my medal on the computer.”

Lenny Smith, head of design at Gray’s School of Art, helped co-ordinate the workshop and said: “This is the second year that we have run this design competition around the Aberdeen Youth Games and we are really impressed by the quality of ideas and the range of the concepts that the pupils have come up with.

“Each of the designs are very fresh, highly individual and all have the potential to be manufactured using the laser cutting facility at Gray’s.

“It is terrific to see how creatively the pupils have interpreted the themes that we set them. Translating their analogue drawings into a digital design has been a really creative and exciting process for the pupils.”

Bryan McCann
, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at RGU, is leading the Aberdeen Youth Games project.

He said: “The workshop went really well, the pupils seem to have really enjoyed it and the designs that have been submitted are fantastic.

“Last year we ran the extremely successful AYG baton competition, which saw the final baton visiting each of the 36 participating schools so we wanted whatever we did this year to be similarly ambitious.”

He added: “The winning design will be manufactured into 1500 medals and every young person that participates in the festival of sport will receive one. The pupils have been really excited that one of their designs will be produced on such a large scale.

“The design competition of the AYG is a great way of showing that sport is not just about the physical elements but that there is a lot of crossover between different subjects.  The medals will help us inspire young people to be physically active and will add to the legacy of the AYG programme.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology