Graphic artist wins ParaSport Games medal design contest

Cobourg – Jan. 27 – With a design titled "Strive for the Top"’ local graphic artist Mike Bahm has won the medal design competition for the 2014 Ontario ParaSport Games.

Northumberland artists were invited last November to submit original artwork for a chance to have it featured on the front side of gold, silver and bronze medals to be awarded at the Games.

A panel of three judges reported the high quality of entries submitted left them with a challenging decision to make, and in the end they judged Bahm the winner.

"Mike’s design best captures our theme, "Raising the Bar – Together", as well the commemorative spirit of the medals," said Games Organizing Committee (GOC) Chair Paul Macklin, announcing the choice.

"Judges were extremely impressed with the quality of submissions received, and by the level of participation from the community. In the end, we believe we have a design that will substantially contribute to the overall experience we are looking to create for athletes."

According to Bahm’s submission, the design addresses the Games theme by depicting three independent, upward-moving arrows, representing participants striving to rise to the top, or "raise the bar".

The mosaic background represents the ParaSport group as a whole, with many pieces coming "together" and working as a solid unit to achieve every participant’s goal.

"To know that something I created will be a part of these Games is an exciting and humbling experience," said Bahm. "I’m proud to have my design represent Northumberland County and all the participating ParaSport athletes."

Mike Bahm owns E-fective Graphic Solutions, a graphic design and visual communications firm. After working as a designer in the newspaper industry for nearly six years, he launched his own design business in August 2012. A resident of Northumberland County since 2008, Mike lives in Colborne, with wife Lori, and their children Storm, Jesse and Camryn.