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Celebrate the End of Summer Season Sports

Summer season sports are extremely popular with many Australians. With so many sports to choose from and so much free time (in the case of children and school holidays), it’s no wonder so many people join a team in the hopes of having a good time and getting fit while they’re at it. Most of us are blessed with fantastic weather throughout the summer season – warm, sunny days perfect for swimming, surfing, kayaking, the list goes on. If water sports aren’t really your thing, there are plenty of other summer season sports on land. These include touch football, cricket and baseball.

Regardless of your sporting preferences, the end of summer season sports is drawing near for us all. If you’re part of a sporting team or larger organisation, this can often be a time of celebration. Who doesn’t love celebrating a victorious win with all their teammates? Even if you’re in it for the fun, the end of a sporting season is a great excuse to get out and enjoy yourself. Whether this be with an informal games day, fancy dinner or night out with the team, it is also a great opportunity to commend individuals on their efforts throughout the season. A great way to acknowledge improvement or excellence in sports is through awards. Medals or trophies, big or small, the options are endless. Awards also work wonderfully as memorabilia for the team, marking the fun times spent together over the summer.

Platinum Awards are industry leaders in custom medals, trophies and plaques. Get in touch today to enquire about your next set of bespoke awards.

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The Ultimate Awards Ceremony Checklist

Are you in the midst of planning an awards event? Here is the ultimate awards ceremony checklist to ensure you’re on the track for a smooth, successful evening.  


One of the most important things to consider when planning an awards ceremony is, of course, the awards. It is a good idea to have these planned early on to ensure they are made with plenty of time to spare.


The budget will have a significant impact on almost every aspect of your event planning process. It will determine the venues you will be able to access and also the food, design and entertainment that follows suite.

Dress Code

Have you decided on a dress code for your awards ceremony? It is crucial to make this clear on the invitations in order to reduce confusion amongst attendees.

Floor Plan

How will you organise the seating arrangement? Will award recipients be seated in close proximity to the stage? Does the stage have easy access from the general seating area? These are all questions to consider when completing the floor plan to ensure the event runs quickly and smoothly. Nobody wants to step over ten other people just to get out of their row of seats and onto the stage!

Guest Speakers & Entertainment

Will you have guest speakers or other entertainment items at your awards ceremony? When will they slot into the program?


A good host forms the backbone of your awards ceremony while it is running. They will help to dictate the mood of the event through their tone and gestures, bringing the attendees together as a whole.


Lighting can make a huge difference to the ambience of a venue.


Will there be media attendees at your event? If so, who will be on the press list?

Post Event

Keep a close eye on social media to gauge people’s reactions to the event. What did they enjoy? What would they change for next time? This is a great way to capitalise on honest feedback.


It’s important to have the final program ready in advance so any bumps can be cleared out. Be sure to allow adequate time for food and transitions.


How will you promote your event? Will you make use of both online and offline strategies?


Practise! Practise! Practise! A well-rehearsed event will run much more smoothly than an event that has never been rehearsed.


Will you need to supply your own furniture? Source your own catering? Make sure you have the answers to these questions early on.


One of the first things you should decide on once you have a budget is the venue of your event.

Custom Medals by Platinum Awards

Do you have a special event approaching? Platinum Awards provide a large range of custom medals Sydney. We have a large variety of designs to choose from including custom trophy designs. Please feel free to view our catalogue, contact us, or visit our showroom in Brookvale (located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches).

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How to Choose a Theme for Your Awards Ceremony

Why You Should Have a Themed Ceremony

Having a theme for your awards ceremony is a fantastic way to ensure it is a memorable experience for all attendees. It is also a great way to gain direction for the planning aspect of the ceremony. Once a theme is chosen, it is far easier to design the space, invitations, food and awards.

Consider the Environment

The first thing to do when choosing a theme for your awards ceremony is to consider the environment. Factors such as the age range and interests of the attendees is important to take into consideration. Be sure to choose a theme that is relevant to the audience. This will ensure that attendees get excited about the ceremony and are motivated to come.

Themed Awards

Once you have chosen a theme for your event, it is a great idea to design custom awards that are relevant to the theme. There are plenty of different colours, shapes, sizes and designs to choose from. Themed trophies, plaques or medals are also extremely memorable for recipients.

Themed Dress

Many people will take any excuse to dress up, so a themed dress code is a perfect choice to complement your ceremony.

Themed Entertainment

If you’re thinking of having entertainment items as part of your awards ceremony, it is a good idea to tailor them to your organisation or theme. For example, at a music awards ceremony, it would be appropriate to have a musical item and a music related theme.

Themed Food & Refreshments

There are a plethora of unique food and drink arrangements that can be customised to suit any theme. This adds an excellent touch to the event, giving attendees something to remember.

Themed Music

Themed background music is a great way to tie your whole event together. When chosen carefully, it can provide wonderful ambience for the event.

Custom Medals by Platinum Awards

Do you have a special event approaching? Platinum Awards provide a large range of custom medals Sydney. We have a large variety of designs to choose from including custom trophy designs. Please feel free to view our catalogue, contact us, or visit our showroom in Brookvale (located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches).

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Awards for Kids by Age

Choosing the right awards for children’s ceremonies can be difficult as children of different ages respond differently to a range of factors depending on individual circumstances, maturity and age. Below is a simple guide to help you choose the right awards that are relevant to each age category.  

0 – 3 years

For this age category, simple is best when it comes to awards. Young children of under 3 years are unlikely to distinguish between different types of awards and their meanings. The safety of the awards should also be considered, as some shapes and materials could potentially be a hazard to young children.

4 – 7 years

Children between the ages of 4 and 7 are often presented with awards for participating in various activities and/or sports. These are often non-exclusive and are presented to each child. This ensures that no child is left out, encouraging everyone to continue participating and rewarding their efforts for doing so. Awards for achievement such as ‘Best and Fairest’ are also beginning to be presented to children in this category.

8 – 11 years

In this age group, the awards presented begin to take on a greater range. Children are often presented with various awards for effort, achievement and improvement. This allows different kids to be rewarded according to their personal strengths. The children can also feel more motivated, using the awards as a goal to work towards throughout the year or sporting season.

12 -15 years

Similarly to the 8 – 11 years age category, children between the ages of 12 – 15 often have the chance to be considered for a range of different awards. In addition to the existing list of awards for effort, achievement and improvement, children of this age range may also be beginning to coach or mentor younger players. They are often rewarded for their efforts in supporting the junior teams.

16 – 18 years

Once children reach the age of 16, it may also be appropriate to present selected individuals with awards for long term commitment or service to the sporting club. These awards recognise the child’s loyalty and commitment over the years.

Sports Trophies Sydney by Platinum Awards

Have you got a sports event coming up? Platinum Awards provide custom trophies for businesses, sports teams, individuals – and more! We have a large variety of designs to choose from including custom trophy designs. Please feel free to view our catalogue, contact us, or visit our showroom in Brookvale (located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches).

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How To Make Your Medals Stand Out From The Rest

Make your awards ceremony memorable with medals that stand out from the crowd. Many different companies and organisations have annual awards ceremonies to celebrate the achievement of members, however the awards that are presented are often stock standard, with many lacking a unique factor to differentiate one from the next. Here are some ways to give your medals and subsequently, your awards ceremony that extra touch.

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5 Fun Ideas for Your Next Awards Ceremony

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Awards ceremonies are important and often prestigious events that are held annually in many organisations. They provide an excellent opportunity to reward team members and boost morale, however, if planning is neglected, they can quickly become tedious and uninteresting. This can easily be avoided by planning ahead and following some of the tips below.

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Smart and Effective Ways to Increase Morale in the Workplace

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Employee’s of a workplace can make or break the success of business, so it’s important that you have a great rapport with employees and make sure they are set up for success! Here are some ways to encourage employees and boost their confidence.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2016

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What is the Nobel Peace Prize?

It is one of the five Nobel Prizes awarded for outstanding contributions in chemistry, physics, literature, peace, and physiology or medicine. Founded by Alfred Nobel, an engineer, and inventor. He was involved in the peace movement and in his 1895 Will, he left a share of his fortune to the Nobel prizes, a tradition which continues today. Every year, qualified people are invited by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to submit their nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize is awarded to those who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

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Medals Sydney

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Our new medal plaques have arrived and proudly displayed in our showroom. They range from 50mm diameter medals to 70mm and come in matte, gloss and antique styles. We can supply generic and customized club/school motifs, they come in 25mm or 50mm sizes and fit into the centre of the medals.

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Laser Engraved Motif

Medal motifs can be laser engraved or we can supply full colour motifs.

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Generic Motif

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Custom Motif

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We also have a wide range of medal cases and ribbons – see our trophy and awards catalogues.

If trophy breakage issues have been a problem, then medals are an excellent alternative to resin trophies for any presentation. They are great for kids as they are robust and impossible to break. They are also great for older teens who may have a crammed mantelpiece from years of school and club sport trophy overload. For adults who get a bit too festive, no drunken escapades can break these medals.

medals sydneyThe Custom Medal Process

If you are after something customized we can create custom medals and ribbons. Digitally printed ribbons are also a great custom option to go with the medals. They can replace the engraving on the medal and allow for a double sided medal. Olympic medals are a great example of this. The process with custom medals initially involves coming up with concepts and ideas. We will usually begin by showing the client examples of medal options.

When we have confirmed the size, thickness, style and colour, we will come up with some design ideas for customer feedback. Once the design has been approved we produce the medals usually within 6 weeks (we can work to deadlines with no problems). Samples can be produced for large orders.

If you require guidance on custom medals, please send us an email or give us a call. We have plenty of samples at the showroom in Brookvale on the Northern Beaches, Sydney.

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Custom Awards Sydney

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Custom awards are the way to go if you require a trophy or award which stands out from the rest. Standard awards and trophies can be customised with unique engraving and cool artwork. However having a completely custom award really does make a fantastic impression.

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