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Trophy designs invited for first ever Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held in Africa


The 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship trophy.

Eastern Cape artists can compete for a chance to design the coveted trophies for the winners of the first ever Ironman 70.3 World Championship hosted by an African country in September 2018.

Thousands of triathlon athletes from across the world will be flocking to Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth to compete on 1 and 2 September for the opportunity to raise those trophies after completing a grueling swim, cycle and running course.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Siyasanga Sijadu says the winner of this competition will be catapulted into the international limelight as the cream of Ironman triathlon will be competing on the day.

"We are inviting artists to submit concept designs of the winning male and female trophies before or on 16 March.

"Since we are only in the first round of submissions, artists are not expected to present final artworks and their creations can be in any format.

"It goes without saying that we would like to see outstanding and innovative designs as the trophies are an integral part of the overall experience of the athletes.

"It is therefore crucial that our designs stand out and improve on what other host cities had on their winning podia,” MMC Sijadu said.

Medals for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship that took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. 

The rules

The first round of selections will take place on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, 1 Park Drive, Central. Entry forms will be available at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, the Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture buildings in St Georges Park and at local galleries. They will also be available to download from the NMM Art Museum and NMBM websites.      

The concept proposals must not exceed a space of 2m x 2m when fully installed. From these proposals ten concept trophies will be selected to take part in the next stage of the competition. The top ten presentations will be displayed at the Standard Bank Ironman African Championship in April when the public will be able to vote for their favourite design at the exhibition.

The winner will be selected at the end of April 2018 and the winning artist/s will receive prize money of R 10,000.00. Technical support will be provided for the final production of the two awards to be presented to the top male and female athlete.     

Closing date for submissions is Friday 16th March 2018. All submissions must be presented on this date to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum between 9:00 – 17:00.

Artists requiring more information can contact Emma O’Brien at 041 506 2000, Uthando Baduza at 041 506 2017, or email the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum at artmuseum@mandelametro.gov.za.  

Ends

Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za / @kupidobaron). 

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