Town Hall Birmingham will be featured alongside the Selfridges building and the Library of Birmingham on the medals awarded to athletes at the IAAF World Championships Birmingham 2018.
The announcement came on Wednesday 10th January marking 50 days to go until the beginning of the championship at Arena Birmingham, featuring 500 of the world’s leading athletes from the 1st to 4th of March. It will be the biggest indoor sports event held in Birmingham for 15 years, and the biggest event of Birmingham’s sporting calendar until the Commonwealth Games in 2022, in which Symphony Hall will be hosting Weightlifting and Powerlifting.
The medals were designed by Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery student Menna Jones in a competition ran by The Local Organising Committee last year. Menna, a 2nd year student in silversmith and jewellery, said that the medals are a “memento of the city” which highlight the unique features and landmarks of Birmingham and reflect what the city has to offer to all the athletes who will visit from around 150 countries worldwide in the upcoming weeks.
I wanted my medal to be a strong reflection of Birmingham and highlight what the city has to offer. I wanted to design a medal that the athletes could link to the city of Birmingham, with its unique, individual features and landmarks.
Councilor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council and a member of the panel who chose the winning medal design, emphasized the importance of showcasing Birmingham by highlighting "the wonderful mix of old and new architecture in the city centre" as well as praising the work of Menna and other students who took part in the contest:
Menna and the other students at the School of Jewellery have shown what talented young people we have studying here in Birmingham.
Visit the historic landmark location on the medal during the IAAF World Championships Birmingham 2018 on Saturday 3 March, when Town Hall presents The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018.