IPC to award Paralympic Games medalists with unique pins

By International Paralympic Committee | June 27, 2014, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

The International Paralympic Committee announced today that it will formally honor all medalists from Paralympic Games for the first time by awarding them with dedicated, unique pins.

The pins, which are colored gold, silver and bronze will be given to winners of medals according to their results from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games onward, including the guides of visually impaired athletes. Paralympians will receive one pin for each medal they have won.

"As a former athlete myself, I know that winning a medal at a Paralympic Games is one of the greatest achievements that a Paralympian aspires to in his or her career," IPC President Sir Philip Craven said. "The effort, hard work and training that goes in to getting to a Games is incredible. If you then go on to the win a medal against the very best competitors in your field, with all the pressure and attention that a Games brings, that deserves extra recognition.

"It is important for Paralympians, and where relevant their guides, to be able to show off that accolade to everyone they meet. This is the perfect way to do that."

A total of 182 athletes and guides from Sochi 2014 will receive 363 of the first edition pins, which are made distinctive by the use of the official typeface of the Games. They have been designed in consultation with the IPC Athletes' Council.

From now on all medallists from future Games, summer and winter, will be awarded the pins which will be unique to each edition, as denoted by the year.

The next Games in Rio 2016 will see athletes across 526 medal events receive the honor, which was proposed and ratified by the IPC Membership at the General Assembly in Athens, Greece, in November 2013.