The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has today launched a nationwide search for a ‘Mascot Maker’, encouraging children aged 5-15 from across the UK to get creative in a bid to design the official mascot for the Games.
Children across the country are invited to create their own Birmingham 2022 mascot which reflects the identity, heritage and culture of Birmingham and the West Midlands. The best entries will inspire the official Birmingham 2022 mascot, which 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.
The summit saw children from across Birmingham and the West Midlands take part in various tasks to help develop what the mascot should look like, as well as what its characteristics, values and movements should be. They were supported by elite athletes as part of the summit, including sprinter and para-athlete Katrina Hart, squash player Sarah-Jane Perry, Team England basketball player Kofi Josephs, rhythmic gymnast Mimi-Isabella Cesar and Commonwealth champion gymnast Dom Cunningham.
The design could be a painting, drawing or collage. The mascot could be a character, animal or person. It’s up to you; all you need is your imagination!
Winners will not only see their mascot become the star of the games – they’ll also win a family ticket to the Birmingham 2022 opening ceremony.
Closing date for entries is Wednesday August 5th 2020.