In the early summer, European Athletics invited all artists to create a piece of art to be used as the main prize for the 2015 European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards.
Following a fan vote that took place via our European Athletics Facebook page Geoffroy Jadoul’s vivid watercolour painting was selected as the winner from the numerous entries that were submitted from across Europe.
“It was a great feeling to have received the most votes especially from people I have no relation towards,” Jadoul said. “It was a good initiative to have opened up the voting to the public and extended the contest onto social media platforms.”
In addition to receiving a commission of 1,000 CHF plus a 16GB iPad mini for his win, Jadoul has been invited to attend the European Athletics Golden Tracks ceremony on Saturday 17 October.
“I’m looking forward to being part of such a prestigious event and seeing the organisation from the inside,” he said.
“It’s also special to have my painting given out as a prize to the deserving women leaders.”
Jadoul, 24, of Belgium, was able to successfully blend his artistic abilities with his passion for athletics.
“When I saw the advert for the artwork contest published online, I knew this would be a good theme for me to express myself.”
Jadoul was introduced to the sport when he was eight years old and realised that running was the sport for him. He then specialised in middle-distances having competed in the Belgian national junior championships over 800m and 1500m for his Rochefort Athlétisme Club.
His inspiration for this specific piece came from Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova having cleared a remarkable 2.05m at the Olympic Games in London 2012, a moment that stuck with him.
“Watching high jumpers you can see the detailed technique and determination that is required to clear the bar, and then the strong relief once they've gone over.”
“I thought this would be a beautiful symbol for the award winners who strive for excellence in their own areas of athletics,” Jadoul concluded.