In February 2011, more than 1,000 young athletes will take home a memorable and unique souvenir of their accomplishment at the Canada Games in Nova Scotia: a gold, silver or bronze medal. The winning design, by Halifax university students Marlon Solis and Amber Whyley, was revealed today, Aug. 16. The unveiling took place at Saint Mary’s University, where the designers studied marketing together and where 122 medals will be awarded to Games athletes competing in judo and squash. Games medalists can take pride in knowing that the medals were designed by two of their peers who, like them, competed to be the best. More than 90 design submissions were received in an open design competition. Entrants were asked to reflect the unique nature, theme, culture and spirit of the 2011 Canada Games and Nova Scotia. The distinctive shape of the medal represents the beauty of the province, which has been shaped by the sea. Other prominent design features include a ribbon loop inspired by the gates of the Halifax Public Gardens, and an etched theme depicting interlocking athletic figures in motion to convey athletic spirit, unity and diversity. Games medals will be produced by Charm Diamond Centres who also fabricated the medals for the 2003 Games in Bathurst, New Brunswick and the 2001 Games in London, Ontario. More information on the medal design and designers, including high-res images, a video and a French transcript of the video can be found at http://canadagames2011.ca/medals . The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.