Royal Australian Mint launches Australia’s Coin Sport Challenge

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Mint has a long-standing tradition of marking and celebrating our nation’s greatest sporting achievements said Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid.

“Sport is an integral part of Australian culture so we hope that Australians will reach for their spare change, bring some friendly competition and participate in Australia’s Coin Sport Challenge with family and friends” said Mr MacDiarmid.

The Mint encourages participants in this challenge to heed the advice of medical experts regarding hygiene when touching any object or surface that could be contaminated, this includes coins. The best defence is to avoid touching your face, sanitise the surfaces of any items that you touch and regularly wash your hands.

Australia’s Coin Sport Challenge is a digital initiative that taps into our nation’s affiliation and love of sport. To take part in the challenge Australians are being asked to grab a few coins, organise their friends and/or family and play a variety of ‘coin sports including coin rugby, coin hockey, coin volleyball, coin basketball and coin cricket.

The Mint will reward ‘Challengers’ who record their ‘Coin Sport Challenge’ match from home and share it to the Mint’s Facebook page with weekly prizes. Winners will receive limited-edition collector coins celebrating the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Australian Olympic and Paralympic ambassadors for the Royal Australian Mint – Olympian Taliqua Clancy and Paralympian Chris Bond said they hope this initiative will encourage Australians to band together behind the teams as they prepare for the Tokyo Games in 2021.

“We hope this coin sport challenge will generate excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Games and get people engaging with sport again.”

The Mint is the producer of the official coin products for the Australian Olympic and Australian Paralympic teams competing in next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. For more information on the Olympic/Paralympic team’s coin program visit the Mint’s website.

To take part in Australia’s Coin Sport Challenge and for terms and conditions visit the Mint’s website. Australia’s Coin Sport Challenge starts 12 May and ends on 19 June 2020.

Media Enquiries: Royal Australian Mint: Nicolle Keyes, nicolle.keyes@ramint.gov.au 0411 520 938