The Planica 7 competition will be held again this year at the Gorišek brothers’ ski flying hill as part of the final event in the ski jumping World Cup calendar. This time round, the winner’s trophy will be designed in a special way, with children up to the age of 15 being invited to contribute their drawings. The young artist who submits the best drawing will be asked to personally present the trophy to the winner of Planica 7 on the last day of the competition.
Children and teenagers, along with their parents or guardians, have until 16 March to submit their drawings of the Planica 7 trophy, which is awarded to the athlete who amasses the highest number of points across the seven events at the World Cup competition, to the planica.triglav.si website. A jury of experts will select the drawing that best reflects the essence of ski jumping at Planica, with the winning entry providing the basis for the design of the Planica 7 trophy. The competition organisers will also put the entries received on display to the general public. The public will also be able to vote for the three best drawings, with prizes going to the young artists responsible.
From drawing-board to sustainability
“The jury of experts will choose the drawing that not only expresses strong creativity and a strong connection to Planica, but is also able to be transferred from paper to real-world design. With the drawing as the template, we will use 3D printing and sustainable design to create a real trophy to be awarded to the winner of the Planica 7 special competition,” said Tjaša Kolenc Filipčič, marketing communications director at Zavarovalnica Triglav, as she unveiled details of this first creative competition.
Ski jumpers are also looking forward to the trophy, which will be the brainchild of young winter sports fans
In addition to representatives of the organiser and 3D printing specialists, Slovenian ski jumper Cene Prevc will also be on the jury tasked with selecting the best drawing of the trophy. “What excites me most about the whole project is that it will inspire creativity in young people. New ideas will bubble to the surface and the result will not only be a trophy that emphasises sustainability and has no equal in the world, but is also testament to the development of children’s creativity, which for me is the most beautiful part of the competition," explained Cene, who is keen to encourage young fans to enter the competition: “Young creators, this is a great opportunity. You draw one picture and, on the final day of competition at the ski Jumping World Cup, you could walk along the outrun with some of the world’s best ski jumpers. I can't wait to see your ideas!”
Thousands of Children of Triglav will descend on Planica again this year
This competition is one other way in which Zavarovalnica Triglav are building on the traditional “Children of Triglav in Planica” campaign, which has been bringing children from all over Slovenia to watch ski jumping for more than four decades. “For many years now, we have been providing children from different backgrounds with the opportunity to get in touch with their sporting heroes. We believe that such gestures also encourage young fans to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle, while at the same time allowing them to enjoy a carefree day out with their peers. Connecting young people with sport and healthy lifestyles is also the reason behind the creative competition,” added Tjaša Kolenc Filipčič.