24 March 2006
The Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks and Senator Rod Kemp, Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, today announced that Games volunteers and workforce will be awarded commemorative medals as a tribute to their hard work during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
24,000 medals have been produced to be presented to every Games volunteer, athlete, team official, technical official, member of the CGF Executive Board and Games staff member.
“This medal builds on the Commonwealth Games tradition of giving a keepsake to every person who contributed to delivering the Games,” said Mr Bracks.
“The volunteers have been outstanding in welcoming visitors and spectators to our cosmopolitan city and this is a permanent way to reward their efforts.”
Senator Kemp said the 15,000Commonwealth Games volunteers were an integral part of staging the biggest event in Victoria’s history.
“At every Games venue and on streets across Melbourne the sea of blue uniforms has been a beacon of help to visitors and locals alike” Senator Kemp said.
“The volunteers are now famous worldwide for their friendly, helpful and resourceful service and it is entirely appropriate to reward their efforts in this way,” said Mr Kemp.
“This medal will be a lasting reminder of a unique moment in the volunteers’ lives.”
The Australian Government has fully funded the $19.3 million M2006 Volunteer Program as part of its package of assistance and support for the Games.
Distribution of the commemorative medals will be undertaken by official Games Sponsor Australia Post.
The commemorative medals are copper with an antique finish. They have been designed by the RAM and Melbourne designer Richard Henderson of R-Co Pty Ltd, the same team that designed the victory medals.
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