Alex Dixon’s artwork is set to be immortalised in thousands of Round the Bridges’ medals.
The 11-year-old Hillcrest Normal School student beat more than 100 competition entrants in the Round the Bridges Medal Design Competition. His design features the arches of the iconic Fairfield Bridge and a participant celebrating while running through the finish line ribbon.
The inaugural competition challenged children aged 5-13yrs to design the 2016 Round the Bridges finisher’s medal which will be given out to more than 5500 runners and walkers as they cross the finish line on event day (Sunday November 13).
As the overall winner, chosen by the U Leisure Events Team, Alex will see his medal design come to life at this year’s event.
“We received a tonne of fantastic entries throughout the duration of the competition so it was extremely difficult for us to single out one design as the winner,” says event manager Amanda Till.
“What we love about Alex’s design is that it includes one of the course’s distinctive landmarks, while also capturing the feeling of triumph and achievement that our participants experience when they make it to the finish line.”
The U Leisure Design Team has started to recreate the medal; something Alex is extremely excited about.
“I feel very happy to have won the competition and I can’t wait to see the medal in real life,” says Alex.
“My mum’s proud of me, I’m proud of me and my friends are all really happy. It’s just so exciting.”
As well as having his design made into this year’s finisher’s medal, Alex has also won an official Round the Bridges Thermatech performance t-shirt and two free entries into the event.
He plans on gifting his second entry to his twin brother Daniel and both boys are looking forward to representing Hillcrest Normal School in the 2km Kids Challenge on event day on Sunday, November 13.
This year’s event will be Alex’s third time competing at Round the Bridges and besides receiving his very own medal at the end of his race, what he is most excited about is simply being able to compete alongside his friends and classmates.
The final design of the 2016 Round the Bridges finisher’s medal is being unveiled via the Round the Bridges official event Facebook page, www.facebook.com/roundthebridges