London jeweller to provide awards for sporting service men and women.
Garrard has been announced as the maker of the gold, silver and bronze medals and participants’ medallions for the upcoming Invictus Games, set to take place at the Olympic Park in London from September 10 to 14.
This year marks the debut Invictus Games in London, with more than 400 injured service men and women from around the world competing in 230 sporting events, including wheelchair basketball, archery, road cycling and powerlifting.
Garrard is known for its provision of royal regalia, trophies, and Orders, Decorations and Medals, and says it is honoured to donate the Invictus Games medals and medallions.
Every winner and runner-up will receive a gold, silver or bronze Garrard Invictus Games medal, and all participants will receive a medallion.
The medal design is based on a concept by Harry Parker, who was severely injured in Afghanistan. Each medal features the I AM Invictus Games logo, with an embossed stitch decoration on one side to represent to the recover and rehabilitation process of the wounded, injured or sick Service personnel participating in the Games.
Garrard CEO Eric Deardorff said: “Garrard has enjoyed a distinguished history for creating medals and trophies to commemorate important sporting tournaments around the world and is proud to employ this extensive expertise in developing the memorable and striking medallions and medals for the forthcoming Invictus Games. 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.”
Competitors, both serving and veteran, will compete in nine adaptive sports in venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There will also be a competitive driving challenge organised by presenting partner Jaguar Land Rover.
The Invictus Games have been organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence. Launched by Prince Harry earlier this year, the event will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.
Sir Keith Mills, chairman of the Invictus Games, added: “Sara Prentice and the Garrard in-house design team have done an amazing job in turning Harry Parker’s concept into these intricately crafted medals. They are befitting of a truly inspirational occasion that will celebrate the invictus spirit of these amazing men and women. It speaks volumes that the Invictus Games is now forever etched in Garrard’s own rich heritage and sporting legacy.”