TEAM CAPTAINS PRESENTED WITH UNIQUE CAPTAIN’S BADGES AHEAD OF ATHLETICS WORLD CUP
- Captains from all eight competing nations confirmed as the countdown to the Athletics World Cup continues
- Marking 100 years since the first British women were given the right to vote, a host of female captains presented with Platinum Captain’s Badges at the Museum of London
- Athletics truly the sport of equality with the Athletics World Cup celebrating the female icons competing in the same events, with equal billing and equal prize money
- The Athletics World Cup takes place on 14-15 July with tickets available at https://www.athleticsworldcup.org/tickets/ticket-information/
Serving to celebrate the 100-year centenary of the first British women being given the right to vote, the female captains from a number of the Athletics World Cup nations were this morning presented with their very own bespoke Platinum Captain’s Badges at the Museum of London.
Continuing the countdown to this weekend’s inaugural event, the leading female representative from Great Britain & Northern Ireland, USA, China, Poland and France today took part in a visit to the Museum’s “Votes for Women” display which marks the centenary of the first British women winning the right to vote in the UK.
Given a walk-through of the display, which includes Emmeline Pankhurst’s original hunger strike medal, the team captains were then presented with their very own keepsake to recognise their position as team captain ahead of the Athletics World Cup: their very own captain’s badge, each of which takes a direct influence in design from the original hunger strike medal.
On hand to present the badges to the captains were British athletics legends Sally Gunnell and Daley Thompson. Both athletes have had the honour of captaining their country previously, with the occasion serving to celebrate each nation’s leading female before the action begins this Saturday.
Athletics has long been regarded as one of the most equal and fair sports for gender representation, and athletes competing at this weekend’s Athletics World Cup will reflect that yet again with equal representation, events and prize money on offer.
The Platinum Captain’s badges have been created by organisers of the Athletics World Cup in conjunction with its partner, the World Platinum Investment Council. The design of the badges were influenced and conceived by the original suffragette movement and produced by jewellers Heirloom London. The badges are made from solid platinum, which is 30 times rarer than gold.
The eight captains of the Athletics World Cup nations are:
- GREAT BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND: Lorraine Ugen
- JAMAICA: Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce
- GERMANY: Katherina Molitor
- CHINA: Gong Lijiao
- POLAND: Anna Jagaciak-Michalska
- FRANCE: Ninon Guillon-Romarin
- USA: Queen Harrison
- SOUTH AFRICA: Carina Horn
The Mayor London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London’s reputation as a world-class sporting city is unrivalled, and holding the first-ever Athletics World Cup at the London Stadium later this month will only enhance that reputation.
“We are delighted, too, that the Athletics World Cup has joined us in the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to support the continuing success of women in sport and our push for greater gender equality. This year, as we mark the centenary of the first women securing the right to vote in the UK, it is a powerful symbol that these fantastic new Platinum Captain’s Badges reference the Suffragette Hunger Strike medals – a design with so much historical significance.”
1992 Olympic 400m hurdles champion and former world record holder, Sally Gunnell OBE said: “It’s great to be here today, with these magnificent female athletes who are set to lead their nations at this innovative event and I am proud to be able to present these stunning platinum badges to the captains.
“There is such a proud history behind the suffragette movement in the UK, which is why it’s important to recognise this milestone moment 100 years on, and what a great way to do it by having all female team captains.”
Two times Olympic decathlon champion, Daley Thompson CBE said: “It’s an honour to be able to present each of the captains with their unique Platinum Captain’s badge at this great location, the Museum of London.
“This is such an exciting summer of sport, and the Athletics World Cup is at the heart of it. I am thrilled to see all the different elements to the event.”
Great Britain & Northern Ireland team captain, Lorraine Ugen said: “I can’t wait to lead the team out at the Athletics World Cup. It’s a real honour for me to have been chosen as captain and have the chance to lead out the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.
“To have received this Platinum Captain’s badge from athletics legends such as Sally and Daley is a very proud moment – now we are set to go out there and take on the world this weekend.”
The reveal of The Platinum Captain’s badge follows on from the unveiling of The Platinum Trophy last week and the Athletics World Cup medals last month with a first of its kind Platinum Winners’ Medal on offer in addition to the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three athletes in each of the 34 events.
Tickets are available to buy for the inaugural Athletics World Cup (Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 July) and can be purchased by clicking here.