Final Medal Design Released

wmag-medal-designJuly 11, RICHMOND, BC– The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) and the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation are pleased to release the medal design for the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games. The medals were designed by Corrine Hunt, medal designer for the 2010 Olympic Games.

A world-renowned First Nations artist, Ms. Hunt created the design around the theme of “Courage” and speaks to those "willing to step outside the lines to achieve their goals", says Ms. Hunt. The 3.5-inch gold, silver & bronze medals are unique to this region of the world and to this world-class event.

 “We are of course very proud to have these awards designed by such an amazing artist”, added Ken Marchtaler, TAFISA Martial Arts Commissioner, “The opportunity for this year’s athletes to take home a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal designed by a renowned Olympic medal designer inside an Olympic venue, just adds to the momentum already building for these games!“

Corrine Hunt has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985. Her work includes engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations. One of her most prestigious accomplishments was in creating the medal design for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. More information on Ms. Hunt and her work can be found at .

The 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games will take place at the Richmond Olympic Oval September 3 to 7, 2014. The Richmond Olympic Oval is a breathtaking venue on the banks of the Fraser River located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and is a winner of the Institution of Structural Engineers top award for Sports or Leisure Structures. Home to long track speed skating during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Oval offers an inspiring environment for all ages and skill levels to progress towards their own personal podiums. The Oval is managed and administered by the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation. More information on the Richmond Olympic Oval and the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games can be found at .

TAFISA is the leading global Sport for All organization, representing a community of national and international members who are dedicated to bringing health, social interaction, integration and development to communities and citizens around the globe through the promotion of Sport for All and physical activity. TAFISA is recognized and maintains close partnerships with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE). Further information on TAFISA can be found by visiting the TAFISA website at .

For more information:
Ken Marchtaler
Martial Arts Commissioner
Mainzer Landstraße 153
D-60261 Frankfurt am Main
Ph: +49 (0) 69 97 39 35 99 00
Fax: +49 (0) 69 97 39 35 99 25