The Zlatoust Arms Company will make 3 unique cups and 75 medals for the winners and medalists of the U19 European Women’s Water Polo Championships that will be held in Chelyabinsk on September 9th.
Zlatoust craftsmen have started their work two weeks ago. According to them, the most difficult is to find a final type of design. Artists have created several models according to the organizer’s requirements. They had to take into account the symbols of Euro-2012 and the European Water Sports Federation. After several meetings the final version of the awards has been accepted.
The cups are similar to those that were made by the same company for the European Judo Championships. On the one side there are symbols of the upcoming tournament, and on the other – the European Water Sports Federation logo. Traditional engraving will be decorated with marble, jasper and jade. Gold medalists will get the biggest and the heaviest cup.
“It’s a great honor for the Zlatoust Arms Company to take such orders. We are demonstrating the work of our craftsmen to other nations. The profit is not important for us. The main aim is to please our guests. All awards are handmade, craftsmen make it from the heart. About 40 people are involved in the production. We are planning to finish everything by September 1st,” says Aleksander Sonich, the director of the Zlatoust Arms Company.
Now the works are in a full swing. Craftsmen are busy with the cups. Three sets of medals (25 of gold, 25 of silver, and 25 of bronze) are already ready. They are made in a form of the European Water Sports Federation logo with a name of the city and waves on them.
“The work is really time-consuming. Hope, everybody will like it. Of course we want Russian team to win it,” says Tatiana Kislitsina, the chief artist of the Arms Company.
The U19 European Women’s Water Polo Championships will be held in Chelyabinsk on September 9-16. More than 13 best European teams are expected to come for the event. Tickets can be purchased at the official website of the Euro-2012 waterpolo2012.ru.
photographed by Alexander Fayruzov