By James K. Attaglo Wilson

Medals for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham has been unveiled with less than 50 days to the start of the Games.

The medals that will be awarded to the top three in each event which will take place at Arena Birmingham from March 1-4 was designed by Menna Jones, a second year silversmith and jewelry student at Birmingham City University.

The design features three famous city centre buildings – the city’s historic Town Hall in Victoria Square, plus two buildings which have been part of the city’s landscape in more recent years, the Selfridges building, and the new Library of Birmingham – Europe’s largest public library.

“I’m delighted that my design has been chosen and I can’t believe some of the world’s best athletes will be awarded a medal featuring my work when they come to the city in March,” Menna Jones said in an interview.

“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.

Birmingham 2018 medals designer [Menna Jones]
Birmingham 2018 medals designer [Menna Jones]
My medal will be a memento of the city, allowing the athletes to remember the special time they’ve experienced here,” she adds.

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, who is also chair of the executive steering group for the Championships and was part of the panel who chose the winning medal design has congratulated Menna for her design:

“We love the design that Menna came up with and I would like to congratulate her on being selected as our official medal designer. Menna and the other students at the School of Jewellery have shown what talented young people we have been studying here in Birmingham.”

Birmingham City will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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