Aberdeen schoolgirls hi-tech medals will be top prize at city’s Youth Games

This year’s Aberdeen Youth Games will be extra special for city schoolgirl Marta Stachowska.

The 10-year-old Kaimhill Primary School pupil won a competition to design the medals which will be presented to the 1,400 youngsters who will take part in the games, at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday, May 26.

Marta and her classmates visited the premises of MAKE Aberdeen, in Belmont Street, to watch the special medals, which are made of laser-grade plywood, being made.

“I’m really pleased my medal is the one that has been chosen,” said Marta, who will be at the games, which are organised by RGU’s Applied Sport and Exercise Science team, Sport Aberdeen and North East Scotland College.

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The aim is to motivate pupils to lead healthy and active lives through sport.

“It’s exciting to think everyone there that day will be getting one of my medals,” said Marta.

RGU’S Gray’s School of Art came up with the idea of asking the city’s schoolchildren to design the medals.

They were then created by MAKE using their high-tech laser print machines.

It took them around 22 hours to finish all 1,400 medals.

Marta and her classmates were shown how that was done and also how the laser printers are used to create other items

Ben Durack, MAKE studio manager, said: “Marta’s design captured our imagination and it has been great to work with her to develop it.”