29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 5: Basketball

The basketball 50p was designed by Sarah Payne.


Sarah is a designer from Cardiff who works full time for International Greetings PLC one of the world’s leading greetings card and accessories manufacturers. She also remains a freelance designer for Kids at Play, designing battery operated cars, bikes and ride ons that have been sold at both Toys R Us and Argos.

Sarah entered the competition after her late grandmother saw the competition advertised in a local paper and encouraged her to participate. Sarah has a Product Design degree from The University of Wales Institute Cardiff and has in the past worked at the BBC.  She spent 2 years as the prop designer for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Sarah was also the graphic designer for Sky’s production of Skellig, starring Tim Roth and John Simm, and graphic designer for a film about Howard Marks starring Rhys Ifans called Mr. Nice.

You can see more of Sarah’s work on her website

Here we go with the questions!

1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet?

Yes, two of my friends received them the day before I did so I knew they were out there but wasn’t expecting one for a while, it was a nice surprise!

2) Have you heard what the British team think about it?

I haven’t heard what the British team think about my design. It would be nice to hear in particular the opinions of the GB basketball team.

3) What are you looking forward to in 2012?

The Olympics are definitely going to be something special and hopefully the 50p coin collection will help promote the variety of events that people will be able to enjoy.

I am also getting married this year and my sister in law is expecting my baby nephew, so 2012 will definitely be a year to remember!

Visit our secure website to add the London 2012 basketball coin to your collection

About Team GB

London 2012 is massive for British Basketball. It’s the first time the UK has participated since 1948, and it is expected to boost the popularity of the sport nationwide! With sell out ticket sales and international television and internet broadcast of the games, Britain’s players will have an amazing opportunity to showcase their abilities.

Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular Paralympic sports and also the biggest. It’s certainly one of the best to watch, with the impressive wheel control of the athletes creating a dynamic and fast moving game. It has relatively low barriers to entry, so participants with a range of disabilities can get involved. It’s not limited to players with disabilities either, able-bodied people can play too!

For more on Team GB, visit the links below!

British Basketball website

British Wheelchair Basketball website

British Basketball on Twitter

British Basketball on Facebook

British Wheelchair basketball on Facebook

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