The 2018 European Championships today revealed the spectacular winner’s trophy that national teams will be battling for in Glasgow and Berlin throughout 11 days of fierce competition.
The trophy has been commissioned exclusively for the European Championships held from 2nd to 12th August and will be awarded to the individual country which has secured the most gold medals by the end of the innovative multisport event.
Glasgow-born rowing great Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, Russia’s 2017 floor gymnast European champion Angelina Melnikova and Sweden’s 2017 World Championship finalist rower in the lightweight single scull Emma Fredh were on hand to show off the new European Championships Trophy ahead of the inaugural edition of the multi-sport event.
Grainger was herself a European Championships rowing medallist in 2015, part of a glittering career which brought her multiple World Championships and Olympic medals, including gold at London 2012.
Crafted from aluminium, finished with 22ct gold plate, a key feature of the new tri-sided trophy is its three handles – for teams to be able to lift and carry it together in celebration.
It stands 650mm high and more than 400mm wide across its arms, weighing in at an impressive 10.5kg. Each of the trophy’s three sides feature an identical European Championships emblem and fretwork of triangular holes designed to reveal the golden interior beneath.
In addition to the trophy, the seven individual sport federations from the winning nation will be presented with an individual gold ingot. Each takes the form of a replica of the gold crown at the top of the trophy, mounted on a plinth of Scottish oak for the inaugural event.
The European Championships Trophy will be on show in Glasgow and Berlin during the 11 days of competition. It will also be available to broadcasters to display in their studios during the week.
It will travel to Berlin to be showcased at the official press conference for the European Athletics Championships on Sunday, August 5th, and at the Opening Ceremony on Monday, August 6th.
The trophy will be presented to athletes from the winning nation by Co-Chair of the 2018 European Championships Board and LEN President, Paolo Barelli, in George Square, Glasgow, on Sunday, 12th August, 10 minutes after the end of the Athletics evening session (approx. 20:45 Glasgow time, 21:45 Berlin time).
Fellow Co-Chair of the 2018 European Championships and European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen said: “This trophy provides a clear and tangible target for all national teams across the seven sports involved as they unite in their efforts to be named the winning nation of this inaugural European Championships.”
Paolo Barelli said: “The design of the European Championships Trophy has been carefully considered to represent a unifying bond between the competing countries of Europe, the seven sports represented in Glasgow and Berlin and the nations who will be competing to take it back home with them. The trophy will be fantastic legacy for future editions of our innovative multi-sport championships.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. The 2018 European Championships will be staged by the European Federations and the Host Cities of Glasgow and Berlin. Further information is available at https://www.europeanchampionships.com.
2. The Glasgow 2018 event will be held between 2nd and 12th August and the European Athletics Championships will be between 7th and 12th August in Berlin. Further information is available at www.europeanchampionships.com
3. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the umbrella body for Europe free-to-air channels, will be the broadcast partner for the Championships, with a potential television audience of around 1.03 billion.
4. More than 3,000 athletes will travel to Scotland as part of a total delegation of around 8,500 including officials, media and others. A further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin.
5. Glasgow and Scotland will host 12 disciplines – Diving, Open Water Swimming, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Road Cycling, Track Cycling, BMX, Mountain Biking, Golf Team Championships, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon – across 12 venues in partnership with the city of Berlin which will host the Athletics.
6. The European Championships Trophy was designed by Touch of Ginger – a design agency based near Cambridge specialising in the design and manufacture of medals, trophies, branded merchandise and unique souvenirs for global sporting events
7. The trophy presentation on Sunday, 12th August will be coordinated together with EBU so that the presentation is available on the International feed.