Brief: design the reverse of a fifty pence coin for the Royal Mint denoting a Summer 2012 Olympic or Paralympic event.
My design shows the Paralympic event ‘Goalball’. This remarkable game is played to a silent crowd of spectators because the players cannot see the ball, only hear it. All players are blind or partially-sighted and wear eye masks. They rely upon the sound of bells within the ball to determine its movement. Players often use their whole body to block a ball by stretching across the court. Two teams of three aim to roll the ball into their opponent’s goal, which stretches the full width of the court.
The game was originally devised to help the recovery of Second World War veterans with little or no sight. It became a full part of the Paralympics in 1980.