With both of the Team England sides set to jet off to the Gold Coast later this week, they will now have a firm picture in their mind of what they are trying to bring home.
The gold, silver and bronze medals are something that any athlete would want to aspire to receiving, and over 1,500 will be awarded of the various types throughout April’s Games.
Designed by local Indigenous artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins and created by the Royal Australian Mind, each medal is just over 6cm in diameter and inspected by hand to ensure the highest levels of quality.
“My inspiration was drawn from the Gold Coast coastline, which for many generations, has been a place for gathering, meeting and sport,” said Cockatoo-Collins. “The medal design represents soft sand lines which shift with every tide and wave, also symbolic of athletic achievement.”
The last time basketball appeared as a Commonwealth Games sport was back in 2006 when Team England’s men and women both came away with a bronze medal. Basketball England Board Member Steve Bucknall was part of that 2006 squad and the medal he received is something he will always cherish, “The 2006 Commonwealth Games were special for me as it was my last international campaign but more importantly, I always wanted to compete in one of the global, multi-sport Games. Having the opportunity to represent your country in an event like the Commonwealth Games will stay with me for the rest of my life and my bronze medal always reminds me of that. I was also able to play with legends of British Basketball like John Amaechi, Peter Scantlebury, Ronnie Baker and Andrew Sullivan, it was inspiring for us to go out and win a medal. I'm sure all of us wish the 2018 Commonwealth teams, both women and men, the greatest of success in Australia!”
After flying out to Australia for a preparation camp, the Men’s side will open Pool B play against Scotland on 5 April before further games against India on 7 April and Cameroon on 8 April. The Women will get underway on 6 April with a tie against Canada before further games in Pool A against Mozambique and Australia on the 8 and 9 April.