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Want to design the medal for the 2020 Ontario Winter Games?

Pete Bowen, head of the medal committee, wants the medals to be 'locally designed and locally inspired'
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Taylor Littlewood and Noah Santavy won medals at the 2018 Ontario Winter Games competition. Artists are sought to design the medal for the 2020 Games. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters

Attention local artists: We need your help!

Next year, Orillia will be hosting the 2020 Ontario Winter Games, an event that will see about 3,500 youth from around the province competing in 27 different sports.

All of the athletes will create lifelong memories but for those who finish at the top of their sport, they will take home a coveted medal.

“We are putting out a call to local artists, asking them to step up and help us design the medal for the 2020 Ontario Winter Games,” said Pete Bowen, who is heading up the medal committee.

“We really want the medals to be locally designed and locally inspired," said Bowen.

When Orillia hosted the 2018 Games, local artist Tony Bianco, who has designed several coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, created the medal design. Tony is once again volunteering his time and will work with local artists to create a unique, new medal for 2020.

Interested local artists of all ages are invited to attend a meeting with Tony Bianco and Ontario Winter Games officials on April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Tudhope Boardroom at the Orillia City Centre.

“This is a really unique opportunity for local artists to get involved and be a part of what is going to be an amazing event,” said Jed Levene, chair of the Games Organizing Committee. “It’s another way for people in our communities to volunteer their expertise and lend a hand.”

For more information, contact Bowen: