Games mascot needs your creative input

A nationwide search has been launched to find a ‘Mascot Maker’ for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 1:55 pm
Former athlete Denise Lewis OBE at the Birmingham 2022 Virtual Mascot Summit
Former athlete Denise Lewis OBE at the Birmingham 2022 Virtual Mascot Summit

Children from across Scotland are invited to enter the competition to design the official mascot for the Games and win tickets to the Opening Ceremony.

Children, aged five to 15, are being challenged to create a Birmingham 2022 mascot which reflects the identity, heritage, and culture of the West Midlands, and embodies everything the region stands for – youthfulness, diversity, dynamism and creativity.

The official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot will be seen by over one billion people, and will become an iconic symbol for the region in the run up to and during the Games.

The nationwide search to find a ‘Mascot Maker’ follows the staging of the world’s-first ‘Virtual Mascot Summit’, hosted by President of Commonwealth Games England and former Olympic heptathlete Denise Lewis OBE, alongside TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya.

Denise said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for children to create a lasting legacy for Birmingham 2022 which will be recognised around the world.”

Entries will be judged by a panel that includes Team England athletes Sarah-Jane Perry (squash), Katrina Hart (athletics) and Sarah Davies (weightlifting). The winning design will be brought to life by including the key personality traits and values from the Virtual Mascot Summit.

Designs can be drawings, paintings or collages. They can be entered into the competition by visiting Birmingham2022.com/Mascot and the competition closes on Wednesday, August 5.

Chief Executive of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Ian Reid, said: “The Games will be a true celebration of world-class sport and culture and aims to leave a lasting positive impact. Our mascot will become an international icon for the Games, and this is a great opportunity for children, parents and teachers nationwide to take part to help us welcome the world to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Find more information about the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot competition visit here.