Pacific Games

Images of the medals which will be awarded at Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games have been released to mark 30 days until the Opening Ceremony.

About 5,000 athletes from 24 countries will be competing in 27 sports at venues throughout Apia and on Savai’i in July.

Just over 2,300 medals will be awarded, with Open Water Swimming being the first medal event of the Games on 8 July, and the final day (20 July) having seven medal events (athletics, basketball 3x3, football, netball, touch, triathlon and volleyball).

There will be 323 individual medal ceremonies.

The medal design involves a flower graphic, incorporating Samoan stylised images of tava’esina (frigatebird) and fish. The Pacific Games logo is on the front, with the Government of Samoa crest on the back.

It uses parts of the same design that can be seen on Apia’s Clock Tower, street banners throughout Upolu, and at the airport arrivals hall and Savai'i ferries.

Wooden presentation trays are being hand-carved by local artisans for use during the ceremonies.

Director of branding and communications Klaus Stunzner said: "The Samoa 2019 medals incorporate traditional Samoan designs, that are used throughout our Games imagery and branding. Medalists from around the Pacific will be departing our country with a token of our culture that we hope they are proud of.

"Good luck to all the athletes as they prepare in this final 30 days before the Opening Ceremony."

A commemorative medal was also released. It will be given to every participant at the Games - athletes, technical and team officials, and volunteers - to mark the occasion.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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