When Kelowna student Aline Moger received a phone call informing her she had won a contest to create the medals for the upcoming International Children’s Games in Kelowna, it was all she could do to make it to the phone.
Moger, 17, was actually home sick from school, where she had created the cute character, now named Slyde, that will be the face of the gold, silver and bronze medals handed to winners at the Children’s Games.
But she quickly forgot about how terrible she was feeling when told her creation would represent the Kelowna Games.
“I was feeling horrible but when I got that call, suffice to say I wasn’t so groggy after that,” said Moger, a Grade 12 student at Central School.
“All I tried to do was not scream in the person’s ear.”
Moger created the character over two days in her art class, where she is also a teacher’s assistant.
She wanted a simple character that represented the sports of skiing, snow boarding, hockey, speed skating, figure skating and curling.
The design grabbed the attention of the game’s organizing committee and was selected over numerous other entries from School District 23 students.
“We were very impressed with the quality,” said committee member Rick Oliver.
“Her design was very cute and had a lot of appeal for our committee. There was no question that it was her design that we wanted.”
The design was so good that the organizing committee asked Moger if it could be included on other International Games’ literature.
She said yes and the name Slyde was chosen.
The snowman-like character now also resides on game’s participation certificates, the web site and other promotional materials.
The ICG organizing committee unveiled the medal design on Thursday.
Also on hand was Kelowna athlete Kelsey Serwa, the ski cross racer who has been busy winning World Cup medals this year and will serve as an ambassador for the Games. Serwa was impressed with the medals.
“I’m actually a little jealous,” said Serwa, who had a message for the athlete’s who will be awarded medals this week.
“It’s a token of all your achievements so hold on to this moment because you will remember it for the rest of your life.”
For Moger, designing the character that will go home with athletes from 50 different cities and dozens of countries is something that she will never forget.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” she said.
“If you would have told me a year ago that this was going to happen I would have thought you were crazy.”
For more on the International Children’s Games, check out the Capital News website www.kelownacapnews.com and look for the Children’s Games link.