OLYMPIC MEDAL DESIGNER COMMISSIONED FOR WORLD MARTIAL ARTS GAMES MEDALS

February 24, 2014 Frankfurt, Germany – The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) and the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation are pleased to announce that Corrine Hunt, medal designer for the 2010 Olympic Games has been officially commissioned to design the Medals for the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games being held in Richmond, Canada this September.   A world-renowned First Nations artist, Ms. Hunt will create a design around the theme of “Courage” for the 3 ½” Gold, Silver & Bronze medals that will be very unique to this region of the world, and this event.

 “I am excited to announce that we have secured Corrine Hunt, designer of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games medals, as our medal designer for the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games”, said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond, “As a group we are very excited to offer athletes coming to these games the chance to win a medal by the 2010 Games designer at an Olympic venue”  

 “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,  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 www.corrinehunt.ca .

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 www.Richmond2014.com .

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 www.tafisa.net .

For more information:
Ken Marchtaler
Martial Arts Commissioner
TAFISA
Mainzer Landstraße 153
Dienstleistungszentrum
D-60261 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Ph:  +49 (0) 69 97 39 35 99 00
Fax: +49 (0) 69 97 39 35 99 25
E-mail: ken.marchtaler@tafisa.net
Website: www.tafisa.net

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