Aberdeen Youth Games baton

A Gray’s School of Art student has brought a primary school pupil’s designs to life as part of a city-wide sport and culture project.

Louise Robinson (20), who is a third year 3D product design student, has produced the Aberdeen Youth Games baton following a design competition.

Eleven-year-old Braehead School pupil Reece Carson submitted the winning entry and his baton design has been made at Gray’s using up-cycled materials.IMG_0944IMG_0946

Reece Visited the workshops too see how his batons design would be made.

It’s now making its way across the city in a baton relay and will visit the 36 participating schools in the run up to the project’s Festival of Sport which will be held at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday, May 16.

The Aberdeen Youth Games logo has been laser cut in to the baton which is made of anodised aluminium, acrylic and leather, measures 40cm long and is 5cm in diameter at its widest point.

Louise said: “I’m very proud to have been involved in this project and to see the completed baton gives me immense satisfaction. All of the materials used had a previous purpose and have now have been up-cycled and transformed which is very important when designing new objects.

“We decided to use aluminium as it can be anodised which allowed me to colour and sandblast the main design on to the baton. It took two weeks to complete and it has been great working with Reece to see his design come to life.”

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Staff took Reece through the manufacturing process allowing him to be part of the process every step of the way.

Lenny Smith, Head of Design at Gray’s School of Art, helped to co-ordinate the modelling workshop for pupils and oversaw the production of the baton.

He said: “Louise has done a fantastic job to create the baton based on Reece’s design. The 3D Design technical team at Gray’s has also played an important role in the project and they have all worked to complete the job.

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“The baton will play a crucial role in the Aberdeen Youth Games’ opening ceremony and we hope it will inspire pupils involved in the project for years to come.”

Finished Baton

The Aberdeen Youth Games, which has been organised by RGU’s Sport and Exercise Science team and Sport Aberdeen, recently won the Gold Sporting Contribution Award at the Game Changer Awards.

The project aims to motivate primary school pupils to lead healthy and active lives, and develop their global citizenship, through celebrating the sport and culture of the Commonwealth.

Olympic rowing champion Dr Katherine Grainger CBE and leading north-east businessman Sir Ian Wood OBE have become ambassadors for the project and will attend the Festival of Sport next month.

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Ross Anderson

Communications Officer | Health and Sport

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