The Story Behind The 2018 HSBC Canada Sevens Winners Medals

15 teams from around the globe will compete in this year’s HSBC Canada Sevens tournament, with 45 games of electric rugby played over two days in order to determine who will be crowned the 2018 champions.

Since the sport debuted at the 2016 Rio Olympics – gold, silver, and bronze medals have been awarded for the teams who finish in the top three spaces. The winning team also has the honour of claiming the prestigious Challenge Cup, while the Challenge Trophy is on the line for the 9th placed finisher – the nation who comes out on top of those who failed to qualify from their groups during Day 1 of the competition.

Each prize tells a story, and not just for the teams that are vying to claim them.

The HSBC Canada Sevens takes place on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam Nation, Squamish Nation and Tslei-Watuth Nation. Since its inception the HSBC Canada Sevens has partnered with local First Nations artists to design the medals that are awarded to its winners. This year the tournament is honoured to have had medals designed by Olivia George, with theTslei-Watuth Nation.

Each medal doesn’t just signify the success of our winners and the power of rugby as a sport, they also represents something sacred to the Tslei-Watuth Nation. As a result they are more than just symbols of each team’s success but of the history and heritage that is specific to the region.

The Medals

 

Like those who will wear them around their necks at the end of the tournament, the gold medals symbolize power, grace and prestigiousness. Featuring eagles, a sacred symbol of the Tslei-Watuth Nation, they represent the ability to soar and inspire like all great champions do.

Meanwhile the 2018 silver medal design features the wolf. A treasured figure in Tslei-Watuth history the wolf is known as a great team player, who like our players, work in a pack. They are strong, courageous, and loyal – traits that will speak volumes about our second place finishers.

Finally this year’s bronze medals feature the salmon. A people of the inlet the Tslei-Watuth have relied on salmon as a main staple throughout their history, and as a result the fish has taken on a special meaning in their culture. An important animal in their heritage, they command respec,t while their prosperity is something to be aspired to – both sentiments that can be translated to the team that finishes in the final spot on the podium in 2018.

In addition to the artistry behind these medals, they could not have been created without the integral contribution made by tournament partners Wheaton Precious Metals, a Vancouver-based precious metals streaming company.