Medal with lanyard, Connolly Games

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Production date
2004
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Production date
2004
Description
Medal attached to a red, white and blue lanyard. Text on the front of the medal reads "Australia/ America/ Connolly/ Games/ 2004" with six embossed stars. Text on reverse of medal reads "City of Springfield, Ohio USA/ presented to/ for/ Outstanding Achievement"

The Connolly Games, held in Springfield, Ohio and the Edwin Flack Games, held in Casey, were reciprocal sporting and cultural exchange programs with Casey’s sister city, Springfield, Ohio USA. The exchange first began in 2000 when a contingent from Springfield, Ohio visited the City of Casey to participate in the inaugural Edwin Flack Games. These Games also saw contingents from Casey’s UK sister city, Berwick-up-Tweed, and Greek sister city, Ioannina. Since then, a further three exchanges between the Casey and Springfield have given participants the opportunity to be closely involved with their sister city community. Competitors were young non-professional athletes aged 16 to 18 years however these exchanges involved all age groups in roles such as officials, coaches and support personnel.

In 2004 Casey sent a contingent of 89 over to Springfield to participate in the 2004 Connolly Games. Six sports were contested being athletics, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf and tennis. In 2008, an 18 day exchange to Springfield saw 34 young Casey athletes and support personnel travelled to the USA to participate in the second Connolly Games in basketball and soccer.
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Unknown
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Media/Materials description
metal, synthetic fabric
Measurements
4.4 cm diameter (medal), 38.0 cm long (lanyard)
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No marks or inscriptions.
Photography credit (first image)
Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
System ID
942

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